We met Michelle on a Sunday in July when she showed up at our weekly young professionals gathering. This is hardly unusual, as new people join us all the time. But on her first day among us, Marcy broke into tears. Now that doesn’t happen too often. Her sobs grew out of an unsatisfied life marked by pain— pain of a broken home and a broken life. But those tears also masked an even greater hunger: Michelle desperately wanted her life to matter. She still believed the gap between the life she currently lived and the life she believed she was born to live could be crossed. She just didn’t know how.
That’s when the reality of the good news of Jesus came alive to her. The gospel soothed her pain and gave her true hope. Her relationship with Jesus gave purpose to the passion in her soul. I baptized her later that summer in the lake (we do that annually at our church). That was a few years ago. Since then Michelle has been passionately pursuing her career, growing in Christ, and sharing him faithfully with others. The pain Christ erased and the passion she now knows because of him have changed Michelle forever.
Over time Michelle met a fine young seminarian named Aaron, who also became a part of our young pros ministry. Fast forward to recent days: last fall they were married, and they now serve the Lord in the Triad area of North Carolina. The gospel is good news that changes lives. Let’s share it with others!
[Adapted from Sharing Jesus without Freaking Out: Evangelism the Way You Were Born to Do It]