Written by Gregg Jacobs
When I first started following Jesus, I read the verse “We are Christ’s ambassadors, God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we please, “come back to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20). When I read that, the Holy Spirit made it stand out in my mind to such an intensity that no matter where I was I felt I needed to share my faith with those around me. Now, at first, it was very awkward and little results were made. It was mostly me using lines like “Excuse me, do you know the time? It’s time to get saved!” Yeah, I know, very corny with little effect. Thankfully the Holy Spirit is a great coach and very patient with me. Over time I have learned speaking for Jesus means learning how to be attentive to the Holy Spirit’s promptings and developing my faith. Both of those I can work on daily. Here’s how it played out last week.
I have made it a point to regularly visit a group of guys who don’t follow Jesus to pray with them. These are guys I have gotten to know through a hobby of mine – demolition derbies! At first they were stand-offish because I am a pastor. Yet over time they realized I am a real person and don’t live in a cathedral. This past week we prayed as normal, but there was a new guy in the group. He was so overwhelmed that a follower of Jesus would show up in a greasy garage and pray with a bunch of gear-heads that he went home and told his wife. They both showed up to one of our church campuses this past weekend!
Does it take a pastor to do this? No. It just takes a follower of Jesus who is learning how to be attentive to the Holy Spirit and developing their faith. The Holy Spirit will put us in positions for opportunities to be Christ’s ambassador and He will work on the people’s hearts.
Gregg Jacobs has been serving on staff at Allison Park Church since 2004. He and Kyra have been married for more than 15 years and have two teenage sons. Gregg loves working on cars, competing in demolition derbies, and spending time outdoors