Looking for Lydia

How can you meet people with hearts ready to hear the gospel? Acts 16:13 gives some clues.

And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.

First, Paul went out. Then, he sat down. Finally, he spoke. Do you ever follow his example? In a normal day, we rush from Location A to Location B, from Task 1 to Task 2 and from one appointment to another. We follow predictable schedules and habitual routines. But to encounter divine appointments, key conversations prepared by God, we need to step out of our normal routine, pause for a moment and talk to people.

Not everyone will respond eagerly, but that’s okay. Some will, and that’s what you’re looking for. By following Paul’s example, you will discover people who are ready to accept Christ as Savior, looking for a good church, interested in scheduling a Bible study, thinking about an important question or struggling with a difficult circumstance in need of encouragement. But you will never discover these people if you step out of your normal routine, pause for a moment and talk to people. Will you make this a part of your regular approach to life?


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