When my son was in pre-school, he struggled with telling us anything from his day when we asked him at the dinner table. As a result, I started asking him what was his best, his worst, and his weirdest part of the day. It started as an exercise to get him to pay attention and recall events throughout the hours he was at school. To this day, I still ask him these three questions each afternoon when I pick him up at the Middle School.
Most days he has thoughtful insights, but other days he shrugs with an “I don’t have one.”
One of his most memorable best days included winning the spelling bee in 4th grade.
One of his most memorable worst days included the PE teacher called him a liar in 3rd grade.
One of his most memorable weirdest days included the janitor turning out the lights while he was still using the restroom.
A few weeks ago, he turned the questions towards me. I gave him answers applicable to my workday. However, it got me thinking over the next couple of days about what my best, worst and weirdest memories are involving sharing the Gospel.
Hands down, the best memories are when those around me accept the gift of salvation and become my brother or sister in Christ. My favorite of those memories is when my own child accepted Christ.
My worst memories involve when those around me have rejected the gift of salvation. Some have been subtle rejections, while others have been rude in their overt denial of Christ. While it hurt my feelings, I can only imagine how it must have grieved the Holy Spirit.
My strangest interactions have come from the pagan community, specifically those within wicca. After having come out of a wiccan circle, I struggled to counter the argument that some were calling themselves Christian witches. I was ill-equipped to share the Gospel with those who had changed truth to fit their own lifestyle and that has made for some of the weirdest moments in sharing the Good News.
Regardless of my experience with sharing the Gospel have been the best, the worst, or the weirdest…. they’ve all been done with a spirit of trying to share the gift of salvation. Scripture tells us plainly that we are save through faith…and that we cannot do it ourselves.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV)
What part of your day…or what part of your sharing about Jesus Christ…has been your best, your worst, and your weirdest?