I was attending a conference in Minneapolis and had some time to kill. So I decided I would go by a nearby shopping mall and walk around. It was the middle of a workday and the place was pretty much empty. I happened by the Food Court and saw a man about my age sitting at a table reading a Bible. “Interesting”, I thought. As I got closer, I noticed he had a very puzzled look on his face, so I asked, “Got a question?” The flood gates opened. He was reading Revelation and he had a ton of questions. Fortunately, I had just completed a study course on Revelation with Bruce Metzger (the lead editor for the translation committee of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.) I was in luck, I knew a little about the subject. We talked for about an hour after which he asked me one final question, “Why hasn’t my minister told me this before?” To which I quipped, “Because they’re too smart to get trapped like I just did.”
Perhaps you’ve had an opportunity to talk to someone about the Bible or religion in general. I’m not convinced I was really trapped on that afternoon talking about the Bible. I think I was at the right place at the right time to help someone who was really struggling. Maybe I made a difference. I’ll never know, but deep down, I felt good about it.
Are you sharing your faith whenever you can? I’m sure there’s plenty of opportunities if you’ll just take a chance. You know more than you think. How about sharing it?