By Brooke Holt
“And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together.” (Acts 16:13 ESV).
Under the Holy Spirit’s guidance, Paul and Timothy traveled to Macedonia. Now, this wasn’t an easy day trip but one that required days of sailing and walking. There simply were no limits to Paul’s willingness to travel or sacrifice to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. After being in Macedonia for a few days, Paul and Timothy sought out a place where people may be gathered for prayer on the Sabbath. Sure enough, after coming to a gate by the riverside, they found women together, ready to receive them.
This wasn’t the synagogue or an organized place, necessarily. Instead, Paul and Timothy were willing to get to know the area of Macedonia and the people enough to discern where people may gather. Paul and Timothy went to where the people were; they did not expect them to come to them.
What a beautiful way to share the gospel! So many people will never enter the doors of a church but sit in Starbucks each day hungry for the Word of the Lord. Some people will never seek after God in formal ways but are open to hearing what the Lord has done in your life. Far too often, Christian culture thinks the world must come to them; yet Paul and Timothy model a different way to share the gospel. They went out and found God’s people, met them where they were, and then shared the gospel’s good news.
In my life, I find the best places to build relationships are in the places I frequent, such as the Pickleball courts, workout gyms, and meeting places in my community. I love building relationships with people, which eventually allow me to share my relationship with the Lord. I met some of my best friends in these meetings. Many people have eventually even come to church with me because of our relationships.
Consider how the Lord may be calling you to share the gospel today. How can you meet people in their comfortable places? Or how can you invite them into a safe place to learn about the Lord? People are much more inclined to come into your home than enter a church building. Maybe you could host a small group for your child’s school or your exercise group?
The opportunities to meet people where they are and to share the gospel are endless. Ask the Lord to open your eyes today, open your ears so that you may see and hear his people, and then share the gospel faithfully.
Did someone meet you where you were to share the gospel? What did that mean to you, or what could that have meant for you? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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