“Do you need any…?”
Almost immediately after the conversation was over I came to a disheartening conclusion. I was so caught off guard by the fact that he just asked me if I needed any hard drugs, in broad daylight, that I neglected my duties. I jokingly said to Hailey, “man, let’s get that guy saved and get him out on the mission’s field,” as we drove further down the road.
The thing is, I was feeling a little regret deep down. I knew I had missed an opportunity to share Jesus, and if I had been on my grind (like we are supposed to be), just like,
2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
1 Peter 3:15
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…
Say, then I would have counter offered this man with something far more addictive than any drug he was offering me. Had that man accepted Christ, assuming I told him, imagine the impact he could have made in his community, drug dealer to Christ dealer. It was a wakeup call. Sometimes we need the reminder that people still need told about Jesus, and if we are not going to, who will? Imagine all the simple conversations you have during your day and how many that would be so easy to mention Jesus.
More so than not we get caught up in life and conversations, or not even having conversations with people, that we forget or do not even think to talk about what is most important. Stop for a second today, evaluate, and find ways to share Jesus with those that are around you. I think you will find people to be more accepting than you think. Also, we need to train ourselves to not be so easily caught off guard. We live in a world that is drowning in troubles, troubles a lot worse than drugs, and it needs to hear the hope of Jesus. Be a hope dealer to those around you.