A few years ago, I made a picket fence. In order to secure the picket panels onto the brick pillars that were there, I needed to drill some holes so that I could dynabolt the wood onto the bricks. It was an easy task, I had to drill 30 holes into the brick. Sounds simple, right? Well it wasn’t. I had even sought some help beforehand. My dad told me I needed a hammer drill, which I had. So, I endeavoured to drill and the first hole took me about 30 minutes to drill, only 29 to go! I called my dad and told him how long it took and asked if it should take that long. “No,” he said, “are you using the hammer drill?” I responded “Yes.” My dad continued “Have you got the switch on the drill turned from normal drill to hammer drill?” “Oh, no, I haven’t!” (It turns out that I also was missing the masonry bit that was needed).
Needless to say, that once I began to drill again a hole took 5 seconds instead of 30 minutes. I will never forget this lesson, that the right tool for the right job makes all the difference.
I have been thinking lately, how are we going to continue on with the task that Jesus gave his church to proclaim the good news of the kingdom to our community? How are we going to engage our friends in faith conversations that bring life to them?
Thankfully one of the answers to these questions is that God has given us his people a great gift, the Holy Spirit, to lead and guide us, to equip and empower us for Christian living and Christian witness. If we try to do Christian witness without the Holy Spirit’s power, it will be like me as I first started with the hammer drill, just hard work with little result.
Yet, with the Spirit’s leading and guiding, I am convinced that our sharing of trust in God and the good news of his Son’s redemptive work, will result in people’s hearts and minds changed for the a Glory of God. After all, is it not the Spirit’s job to convict and convince the world of sin, righteousness and judgement (John 16:8)?
It is the Spirit’s role to change people’s hearts and minds, so one of the most effective things we can do when we are in faith conversations is to pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us and empower us in the words we use and the actions we do.
I pray that He will continue to empower us with the willingness and boldness to share with others.