How To Share The Gospel In Your Daily Life–Share You Hope!

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15)

A few weeks ago I took my much-softened love seat cushions to a local upholstery shop to get new, firmer foam. It is owned by a married Hispanic couple in their sixties and when I walked in I noticed the woman behind the counter had her Bible open. She took me to the back of shop to have her husband help me decide how firm of foam I wanted.

I told them I had rheumatoid arthritis and that I needed to be able to stand up from the cushions again. The woman shared how she had suffered from a stroke last year and was still self-conscientious at how she talked or walked. I told her I barely noticed and did understand. We laughed at the humor related to having one’s husband as a caregiver at times.

I ran out to the car to get my checkbook and when I came back in I noticed her Bible was no longer sitting out. I asked her, “Did I see your Bible sitting out earlier?”

“Oh, yes!” she smiled. “I couldn’t make it through a single day without it.”

I told her I shared her faith and about the ministry. I said, “It’s always such an encouragement for me to see people reading their Bible.” As I went to leave she leaned in and said, “I feel like I should hug you!” We laughed and hugged. When I came back to get my cushion the next day I brought her two of my books.

The following week, after my back flared uncontrollably, I literally spent the entire night sitting on one of the new cushions and putting the other one behind my back. I didn’t move for two days. I don’t know how I would have survived sitting without these firm cushions. So when my husband took down the cushion from my favorite chair the following week, he told them what a difference they had made for me. How often do those in the upholstery business hear they changed someone’s life? Two days later my mom picked up the cushion. Each time the couple spoke to my family and said I was “so sweet.”

God places us in the rarest of places to share our faith and why we have hope. When we ask God to use us, we must be willing to share our faith (and sometimes about our sufferings) even when we are tired, or standing in an upholstery shop. That same day a twenty-something woman at the office supply store said she had part of her spine fused and that her dad has multiple sclerosis. The woman at the bank asked, “What does Rest Ministries do?” as I made my deposit. She said her sister had fibromyalgia.

What is the reason you have hope? You may firmly believe it is only because you know God is in control of your life and Jesus lives in your heart. But how often do you have to give a reason for this hope? If you find you rarely have to tell someone about the Lord, then ask God for opportunities to share about your hope and He will quickly provide them.

It may be when a telemarketer calls and says, “How are you today?” or the grocery clerk asks, “Do you need help out to your car?” Times like this I will respond, “I really appreciate your help with my groceries. I have rheumatoid arthritis, so this makes a significant difference for me.” This can open up a whole conversation.

Prayer: Lord, give me opportunities to tell people why I have hope in You. Sometimes I grow nervous or am not sure how to approach a conversation. Give me comfort and confidence so I can be obedient in giving the reason for my hope in You and your goodness.

About the Author:
Lisa Copen is the gal who started Rest Ministries from her home office back in 1996. She still runs the ministry from her home office, but God has transformed lives, including her own, through the opportunities He has provided for sharing her hope in Him. Mosaic Moments: Devotionals for the Chronically Ill is a wonderful way to find daily encouragement from her and over 20 other writers. All proceeds keep Rest Ministries going. 1 Peter 3:15 is one of her favorite bible verses on sharing your faith.

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5 thoughts on “How To Share The Gospel In Your Daily Life–Share You Hope!

  1. Lisa,

    Thank you for reminding me that I need to be doing this! I used to be more diligent about sharing my hope and faith with others. But lately, I have been very down about a certain situation in my life. I find myself feeling sorry for myself and speaking negatively more than I ever have. The Lord has convicted me twice today, first through the sermon I heard at church this morning and now through your devotional to that it’s not so much about what my circumstances are but how I SPEAK about them!! That can make the difference of life or death in not only my life but those around me.

    Thank you!!

  2. Lisa – God bless you for this amazing and encouraging website you created. Thank you for listening to God’s calling to create this ministry. You have no idea how many times it has served as the cushions that keep me upright! I know there are thousands of others out there who also reap the benefits of your heart and obedience!

    Love and blessings,
    Faye

  3. I am a hospital chaplain and I recently came across your ministry and I just wanted to thank you for what you are doing at Rest Ministries. This is so incredibly needed! Thank you for your Christ-centered compassionate care. I have been taking various articles of yours and just sending them to others to be encouraged by, letting them know about your ministry. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  4. Lisa, Thank you for this. I need to be reminded that I can and should pass my faith on to others. And that I can do this in many different places.

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