Did God Give You a Sign?
There are some places that I never go. I am not referring to those places which come to mind that are not readily acceptable places for Christians to frequent because of their questionable activities. There are lots of businesses or service centers that I just don’t even think about because it is not in my “lifestyle”. I don’t think about going to golf course…I don’t golf. I don’t go regularly on any campus of any level of school. I am not a student nor am I a parent of a student. I don’t go to most concerts when they come to town (and I don’t go out of town to hear one either!). The reason I don’t go to any of these is because they are just never on my mind as an option.
The same is true for the person that is never in church. For some reason we think that “everybody” thinks about going to church on Sunday but some just don’t follow through. Facts state that in this generation, fewer and fewer people ever think about church on Sunday. They were not reared honoring God in worship on Sunday so their life pattern fills that day with other things.
Trends are now so obvious that those facts are true in this culture that they are too loud to miss! Not only are the “unchurched” not thinking about church, but Christians are not reaching out to the unchurched. The fervor for engaging people without a life relationship with Jesus has waned to the point that it is almost left the minds of Christians entirely. That is the reason that we can go weeks and weeks with no one making any commitments to Jesus. Christians are not talking about Him “in the marketplace” and rarely does a Christian seek to discover if a person they meet is a true child of God. As a result, Baptists are declining in number and many churches are shrinking because no one is bringing anybody to Christ to follow through in baptism.
And, there are those people that are always “praying for a sign”. “Lord, please give me a sign if you want me to witness.” I am surprised those same folks don’t ask for a sign to breathe, eat, or work. The Lord already gave us the command to witness. We don’t need a sign. We need submission and obedience to do the will of God.
Norman Cates shared the humorous story of a guy who prayed this prayer every morning: “Lord, if you want me to witness to someone today, please give me a sign to show me who it is.”
One day he found himself on a bus when a big, burly man sat next to him. The bus was nearly empty, but this guy sat next to our praying friend. The timid Christian anxiously waited for his stop so he could exit the bus. But before he could get very nervous about the man next to him, the big guy burst into tears and began to weep. He then cried out with a loud voice, “I need to know God. I’m in real trouble. I know I have done lots of things that are bad and sinful. I need the Lord. Can somebody tell me how to be saved?”
He turned to the Christian and pleaded, “Can you show me how to be saved?” The believer immediately bowed his head and prayed, “Lord, is this a sign?”
Are you looking for a “sign” to start witnessing? Would you witness if God gave you “a sign”?