When Sylvia and I started working the same shift, I liked her right away. She was smart and confident and full of life. She had good ideas to make the work flow better and it was fun to be in her cubicle space.
At lunch, I often read my Bible or worked on a Bible study. Sylvia had no interest in God, but she was intrigued with me. “How can you go through so many hard things and not be angry at God?” she asked when I told her I was working at the office because my husband had died at 39 leaving me to take care for our two kids by myself.
As we learned more about each other, I realized Sylvia’s performance at work was exemplary but her personal life was messy. Her weekends were parties and binging and hooking up.
When she first started to tell me about her raucous weekends, she anticipated being judged, shamed, and lectured. But instead, I showed Jesus’ love to her.
Sharing the secret
As she accepted my acceptance of her, she stopped trying to shock me and began to confide in me, asking for advice. It was the open door to talk to her about Jesus.
“It’s no secret how my life was transformed from Playboy Bunny to Bible teacher,” I told her. “I learned about God by studying the Bible with another woman. Would you be interesting in doing a Bible study with me on our lunch periods?”
She trusted me enough to give it a try.
Along the path of discipling her, she made Jesus her Savior, then her Lord. Over the course of the next year, with my help, Sylvia’s heart was transformed more and more into the likeness of Jesus.
She later took another job, but but she left knowing and trusting Jesus, equipped to share Him with her cubicle mates at her new office.
Let’s not keep Jesus a secret.
Who do you share a cubicle with, or a backyard with, or carpool with who needs to know Jesus better?
When we invite others into our conversations and lives, we establish that they belong. When we are generous with our kindness and genuine about our lives, they may begin to believe in Jesus like we do.
It’s then we have the golden opportunity to teach them God’s Words and His Ways in hopes of their hearts and lives being transformed.
Be a friend first.
Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? Romans 2:4 (NLT)
Share openly about what God has done in your life. A little of what life was like before Jesus and how He’s intervened since receiving him is powerful.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
Offer to go to a Bible study with her or host one at your house or office.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations … Matthew 28:19 (NIV)
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