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Kristina walked into our yard selling overpriced magazines.  She explained that she was from the inner city and the organization she represented gave her an opportunity to “reach her goals.”  I was impressed by her ambition and desire for a better life.  As she was walking toward the street, she asked if I could give her a snack. She had been on the street since noon and would not be picked up until 8 p.m.  I invited her into our home for a simple meal, and while she ate I shared how I also was running toward a goal: a heavenly one.  She had only been to church a few times as a child and did not have an understanding of salvation.  Kristina had a lot of good questions and a desire to learn more about Jesus. I sent her on her way with a full stomach, a Bible, and our phone number.

Since our visit I haven’t heard from Kristina.  Will I hear from her again?  Probably not, but I pray for her often.  Was I effective in my fumbling attempt to share the gospel message with her?  God did not equip me with a smooth tongue, but He did present the opportunity to share His love with her and the Holy Spirit to guide our conversation.  He has also equipped me through the Word and other biblical resources, such as Have You Heard of the Four Spiritual Laws?  But sharing the love of Jesus and my life and allowing God do the rest is an easy way to spread the gospel!

Too often I’m quick to turn strangers away, caught up in my own concerns.  But I love the reminder found in Hebrews.

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.

Hebrews 13:2

I did not present Kristina with a feast fit for an angel (leftovers, in fact). However, of all the homes she visited that day, I want my home to be remembered where the simple meal included the Bread of Life.