That was close!

Posted on June 30, 2014 · Posted in Gospel, Worldview

God  provides many opportunities to speak of Christ.  For example, when someone says, “thank God, that was close!” Take this opportunity to talk about what really happened. Perhaps something like this:

“Hey Paul, that really was a close call.”

“Yep, the man upstairs was looking after me.”

“You really think so?”

“Absolutely, how else do you think I got out of that mess!?!”

“Paul, I think you are exactly right.”

“Of course I am, that was too close for comfort!”

“Paul, you and I have been friends for years, right?” 

“Of course, you have seen me dodge the bullet many times.”

“Well, as your friend let me ask you a question. You just said God bailed you out. Why wouldn’t you want him to tell you how to live your life?”

“Excuse me?”

“Hey, we’ve talked about this before. You have told me many times that your personal life is not exactly where it should be. I am just saying maybe you should consider that while you are glad for God’s protection, you don’t have much interest in living the way he tells you to. Maybe, just maybe, God has something for you to think about with this close call.”

“Getting a little judgmental there, aren’t you?”

“No, man, not at all. Do think God is obligated to keep on bailing you out?”

“Uh, no. But I still think you are being judgmental.”

“If God is the one who keeps on bailing you out, maybe you should start thinking about how he wants you to live? Just remember, if it weren’t for God, you would not be thinking about anything right now!”

“Uh, never thought about it that way. Maybe I will think about what you said. Just don’t get judgmental on me.”

“No problem. Talk to you later.”

This is an example of making the most of an opportunity to bring the gospel to others. Your goal is just to get a conversation started, something that you can come back to.  Sometimes stating the obvious can make all the difference.

Everyday you and those around you have close calls. Use these times to make practical application of the gospel.  This will help you make the most of every opportunity to bring the gospel to those God has placed in your life.

Something to think about!

Jay Younts
Jay Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is the author of Everyday Talk and other materials on parenting. He has been teaching and speaking on parenting issues for 30 years. Jay and his wife, Ruth, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and Ruth have five adult children.