As you go ... sharing Christ with captive audiences
You never know when you’ll find yourself in a situation where you are with a group of people for an extended period of time and they are a “captive audience.” This happens more often than you might realize. How about the minutes you are with persons in an elevator? Or what about your seat partner for a three-hour airplane trip? A captive audience presents itself any time several others are confined to a specific location with little or no opportunity for escape!
It could be that God has placed that individual next to you on the airplane for the express purpose of your sharing Christ with him or her. That young mother with a toddler in tow might need to hear your encouraging words about Christian parenting. Your experiences might make all the difference to her that week! The person next to the aisle may be on a journey to bury a loved one and needs to hear about the hope that can bring real peace.
Waiting in doctors’ offices is a natural place to engage others in conversation. Begin in a general way and look for an opening to share what Christ means to your life. You might be able to share that in spite of health issues, God sustains you. You might share about a friend’s or relative’s miraculous healing. Paying attention to people’s children is a sure way to their hearts. You may have an opportunity to tell them about a support group your church has, or that Vacation Bible School is just around the corner.
As your hairdresser or nail-technician puts your looks back in order, she/he is a captive audience of one with whom you can share answered prayers. If you are involved in some type of ministry, tell about how God is blessing you and others. Open the door for them to ask you questions about the ministry and demonstrate to them that you are a caring person who is interested in others.
What you share does not have to be lengthy or complicated. Sharing Christ should be simple and straightforward. Don’t make sharing something threatening. As you move through your days, watch for captive audiences. Let God use you to make them captive for Christ!
For more information contact Linda Clark, WMU/Woman's Ministry Specialist at 559.229.9533 x. 256 or by e-mail.