I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing Part 2 of 2 (Nutcase Evangelism)
Written by Lynn Hare on June 4, 2014
I secretly call this blog post Nutcase Evangelism.
In fifteen minutes, I said, “That’s a wrap! Looks like we’re done.”
Papa said, “But we’re not done.”
“What?” I said.
“Let’s go back down the street. Sing for the concrete crew.”
“Are You kidding?”
“Nope! Let’s go!”
I scooped up my phone and strode to the neighbor’s. “Uh, there’s no one here, Lord. The driveway’s empty.”
“So let’s go in the back.”
I stepped through the narrow side yard and as I rounded the corner, spotted five Mexicans breaking up concrete in the backyard.
“Hello,” I said, “I came over to sing you a song.”
The five men looked at each other and shuffled their feet. “You’re going to sing us a song? Right here? Right now?”
“Uh-huh. I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing is my favorite song. I just made this video. I wish people would sing in harmony with each other. God wants us in a relationship with Him. He wants us to forgive others. We can show people love. Guys, I feel a song coming on.”
With arched eyebrows, they nodded. I took a deep breath and belted out the song. When I was done, they grinned and applauded. I prayed silently that God would use the song to touch their hearts and maybe do the harmony thing with them in their own spheres of influence.
Life lessons learned:
1.) Cross the chicken line. Tell someone about Jesus Christ in your own way that’s true to your own DNA. I never saw anybody do something spontaneously weird like that. The Holy Spirit popped it into my head. All you gotta do is obey. Not a singer? So what? Maybe you bake muffins or ride a bike or sew or garden like no one else. Be yourself and reach out with who God has called you to be.
2.) Relax with interruptions. Maybe the Holy Spirit is providing a divine encounter for someone who needs Him at that very moment.
At first, I’d been exasperated when the banging concrete broke my stride with MY agenda. But Jesus was up to something else. I just had to ask Him what.
3.) Don’t wait till you’re polished to perfection before you share your “song.” No one’s perfect. Even Mary Poppins, who was practically perfect in every way, got a few smudges on her face when she danced with Bert and his chummy chimney sweeps. God’s not into performance. He’s into the heart.
Jesus’ head bobs along with ours as we sing. He loves your song. He loves YOU. And as you share the good news of the Gospel with others, they’ll be relieved to learn that grace is at the core of Truth in their lives, too.
What hobby or passion can you use to direct others to God? How has God used your imperfections when you’ve shared your faith?
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