Jerry Wiles on The Power of Observation and Expectation

Many Travelers are Open to the Gospel

On a recent trip out of town, I had a couple of hours at the airport before my flight.  I decided to put my iPhone and book away and watch for opportunities for conversations. Sure enough I discovered several.  I noticed that simply by making eye contact, smiling, and greeting people was often all it took to connect with people and begin conversations.  One man had a shirt with USNR on it.  So, I asked what the letters stood for.  A lady had a university’s name on her jacket.  I asked, “What is your connection with that university?”  Those comments opened the way for finding common interests and meaningful conversations.

Prayer with Expectation

When we pray for witness and ministry opportunities, observe and expect God to answer, we can be assured that He will.  Sometimes He answers in extraordinary ways.  It’s actually easy to make friends, when we show ourselves friendly.  Jesus had something to say about that.  That day at the airport I had more than half a dozen meaningful conversations, and a few of those turned to spiritual matters.  When we travel, or go places and encounter new people, we can expect an occasional divine appointment.

Helping Others Follow Jesus

As I have traveled extensively over the years, people often ask me what I do.  One of my common answers is to tell them my professional occupation, then I sometimes say, “I help people follow Jesus.”  It is amazing the direction the conversation takes once I mention the Name of Jesus.  It’s an excellent way of gaging the level of spiritual interest people have.  Some light up with joy and an opportunity to make a new friend.  Others will react in very different ways.  Many have come to the Lord by implementing these simple methods.

Prayer-Care-Share: Everywhere and all the Time

When we are intentional and proactive about actually being ambassadors of Christ and ministers of reconciliation, we can fully expect God to work in and through us to impact those around us.  Many followers of Jesus feel intimidated or fearful about reaching out to witness or minister to others.  The “Prayer-Care-Share initiatives” have been instrumental in launching believers into a new dimension of being salt and light.  We may not see tangible results every time, but when we faithfully sow the Seed of God’s Word, reach out in the name of Jesus, we can expect to occasionally connect with receptive hearts.

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