“The greatest opportunity in life,” he said, “is to be asked to sit… and to be told ‘I will hear you speak about Jesus’.”
The speaker was an African classmate, a man whose faith and words inspire me. I hope I remembered his words exactly but if not I’ve captured the ‘feel’ of what he expressed. We were comparing notes over dinner on door-to-door mission outreach and he described the kind of scenario he might experience: an invitation into a person’s home in order to visit and converse. He talked about how in Africa it is not unusual for the male head of household to make decisions on religion for the whole family, so he always tries to speak to the head of household. He also said that grown children who choose Christianity over a fathers’ objections are often ostracized and considered dead to the family, and must find a new family among those who follow Christ. Yet when the Spirit moves them, they follow. He affirmed that the Word is indeed alive, and it works its way into the heart, though sometimes it can be years before the results are seen.
“To be asked to sit…” — the greatest opportunity there is.