While waiting for a flight one evening, I stopped into an airport Starbucks and ordered an over-priced coffee. As I loaded it up with cream and sugar, I noticed a Japanese man sitting alone working on his computer.
I hesitated to approach him because I was unsure of how I’d start the conversation, but I knew this could be such a blessed opportunity for the Gospel. After several minutes of hesitation, I finally walked over to him and said hello and asked where he was from. He immediately began to tell me about himself and how he was in the States for work the past few weeks and was now heading back home to Japan. He invited me sit down, so I took a seat at his table and we began to talk about his spiritual beliefs. He was Buddhist, but as I shared the Gospel with him, I could see that he was very intrigued by the Bible.
Together, we went through the Scriptures and looked at the terrible condition of our hearts and the only way a sinful person can be reconciled to a holy God. I showed him what it means to look up Scripture since he didn’t know what the numbers next to the verses meant – For example the “3:16” part to John 3:16. I had him look up several verses on his own and read them out loud. He asked me to write down all of my favorite Bible verses so that he could look them up when he got home. I was stunned!
I wrote down several Scriptures that had to do with the Gospel. A few days later, Yoshi sent me an email thanking me for talking with him and included a picture of the list of verses I provided him that he had looked up and written down in English!
Remember that when you have the opportunity to share the Gospel with someone, God can use that small encounter in a mighty way! Don’t let fear stop you from sharing this Gospel of God’s grace with anyone! And don’t let yourself believe that the Gospel seed you planted in someone’s heart is too small for God to grow. The Gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes!
A helpful tip to get into Gospel conversations in the airport or anywhere is to always carry Gospel tracts with you and hand them out whenever you have an opportunity. This will help start conversations with people about eternal things. I usually hand out a tract and then say something like, “Make sure you get one of these! It’s got a very important message on the back. I have an interesting question for you. If you don’t mind me asking, what do you think will happen to you if you died tonight?”
Now the door is wide open for a great conversation! Rarely does a person refuse to answer that question. In fact, I’ve found it to be the easiest way into a witnessing opportunity.
However you can, seek to get into meaningful conversations with the people that God has placed around you, and share the Good News of the Gospel with them!
The Lord is with you!