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“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect…”  – 1 Peter 3:15

On Day 9, we talked about the need for urgency in sharing Christ. We never know for sure how long we have on this earth. At the same time, Peter encourages us to be gentle and show respect as we “give an answer to everyone” about the hope within us. Some teachers lean more in the direction of allowing God to prepare the soil. Our job is to keep our spiritual eyes and ears wide open for every opportunity. Once the door opens, with gentleness and respect, we attempt to steer casual conversations to meaningful conversations, and meaningful conversations to spiritual conversations.

Other trainers point to Jesus’ story about the 4 soils, partly because of natural personality differences, and possibly also because of spiritual gifting itself. Remember that Paul explained, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service (Eph. 4:11-12).” So maybe the trick is this: We want to avoid creating a sense of undue pressure on those who lean toward the “gentle expectancy” side of things while, at the same time, not holding back those who are just naturally more outspoken.

Therefore, today’s challenge is to watch the video below, which features Penn Jillette, an avowed atheist, explaining how he viewed a person who handed him a Bible. Although Penn remained an atheist, he actually ended up respecting the “proselytizer” more because his act of giving the Bible represented true care and concern.

After watching, pray that God would give you a chance in the next 72 hours to share the message of this video — as a meaningful conversation. “If I believed with all my heart that a truck was coming to hit you and you didn’t believe it, there’s a certain point in which I TACKLE you to save your life.” Share this idea with a non-Christian and see if he agrees that it makes sense for you to share your view with him about Jesus, the Bible, Heaven and Hell.

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