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A Sense of Urgency

by | Jul 10, 2014 | Missions Articles

I love our boys’ school; the teachers, the administration, the classmates, the facilities they all just give me a sense of peace when I drop my kids off each morning. It also helps that I love people. I have seen the transitions in other people’s lives as the years go by at the school. Parents are having babies and siblings are beginning their school years.

I have had the privilege of meeting many of the parents. When I go to the school I intentionally linger around in hopes to be able to talk to someone. Usually there are parents who are not in hurry and have time to chat.

Recently one of my son’s classmates was dropped off by her father and I began a conversation with him. It is typical dialogue at first,

“How are you?”

“What do you do in Belgium?”

The conversation usually leads me to telling them I am a worship pastor at the local church. This particular father began to ask more questions about what that means. I had to change the word worship to music minister. I told him about what it means and my history. I discussed how music is done in the church and that I have been able to travel around to different countries in Europe teaching on music. He was so intrigued. He insisted that I give him my number so that we could go have dinner and talk more about this. He told his wife about this and they are asking us to come over for dinner at their house.

I am finding that the more honest I am about what I do here the more people are seeking to know more about the gospel message. It’s very easy to cushion the description for the sake of not making the conversation too comfortable.

I am finding that a sense of urgency is everything. I can’t wait to formulate a strategy of conversion. Be open, be honest, and trust that the Holy Spirit will provoke an interest and draw men unto Himself. Don’t let friendship eventually become a hindrance to being real about sharing the gospel with someone.

I am finding the opportunities much more exciting and consistent when I simply walk in obedience to God’s leading. Many fear the proper words won’t be said when talking about the gospel, but the more I do it the less I fear my words are inappropriate.

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