Cold Calls. Are Your Up To It?
What if a friend calls you and asks you to visit her grandmother who is dying in the hospital? She is not saved. Your friend and her family have tried to witness for many years, but to no avail. Your friend is very concerned.
Nothing that we do is a test of Evangelism Preparedness as much as a cold call. We must get it right; we must be able to "read" the person in the bed or wheel chair, and most often, a cold call amounts to a single encounter. We don't get another chance.
For me, I just say "yes" when someone asks me to go. I say, "I will go," although it scares me to death! So, I go...nervous and apprehensive as to what exactly I am going to say! Yet, when I get there, God supernaturally takes over. He settles my nerves, gives me words to say, and handles all the possible glitches such as the presence of an antagonistic family member in the room.
Uncomfortable and distasteful as it may seem, hell must be as vivid in our mind as heaven; it will cause you to be ready and willing to share the gospel whenever we can.
We must be ready to do this type of thing. The main purpose of this whole shininglight2gether effort is to wake us up to the fact that we need to be prepared and willing and bold! Take a look at this! This is what the apostle Paul says in Colossians 4:
"...Pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word...Pray that I may declare it clearly, as I should." Great prayer! May God help us to declare it clearly, as we should!
A great part of Evangelism Preparedness includes prayer preparedness!: Be praying with every step and call upon your family and friends to hold you up in prayer!
How about you? Have you had to do a "cold call" during your years of working with the elderly? Tell us about it here!"