As I boarded the airplane to return home from visiting family there were over 40 seats available. I found a middle seat with an overhead space for my carry-on luggage. I asked if the middle seat was taken, and the man in the aisle seat moved over and motioned for me to seat in the aisle seat, which I preferred anyway.
During this hour and a half flight I had planned on reading a novel, but, soon after takeoff, the man asked me, “how did you come to know Jesus?” While the question took me aback some, I was prepared by having given this “elevator speech” about my faith before. What followed was a blessing. We talked about our shared Christian faith and their mission work around the world.
Jerry and Marilyn Fine are the authors of One-on-One with God (www.ONEonONEwithGOD.org). This is a structured training program for how to make disciples, which they have taught to thousands of people, many of whom have gone on to disciple other people. As I have worked as a church leader and have learned about faith development, I have struggled with being a disciple teacher.
Of all the seats available on this airplane and of all the topics to talk about, here was a couple who could give me what I needed in order to learn more about making disciples. Late in the conversation I asked the man how he knew I was a Christian, and he pointed to my bracelet that read, “God’s Work. Our Hands.” And I said, “thank you, God, once again.”
Submitted by Paul Stratton