By Steve Nichols, ARP Foundation
And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who
preach the good news!” Romans 10:15
My real estate broker friend asked if we could meet his buddy at Denny’s for breakfast on Friday. “He’s a
business associate of mine and is struggling with his life and family; maybe you could share the gospel with
him.” Of course! See you then.
Over breakfast, we talked long enough to know he was indeed struggling, but wary of religion. I’m not very
confident at sharing my faith and for sure not in such a noisy, public setting – I was as nervous to share as
he was to listen. But, God was gracious to open his heart to understand the difference between religion and
relationship with a simple gospel message: “Do you know Christ personally?” “No, but I would like to know
The three of us prayed together as my new brother declared his desire to accept Jesus’ gift of forgiveness
and asked Him to take control of his life. I wasn’t sure if he was sincere, or just didn’t want to disappoint –
regardless, he had clearly asked the Lord to take charge of his life.
Ten years later, I got an amazing phone call: “Is this the Steve that shared the gospel with me in Denny’s?
Yes, I am the guy. “I wanted to find you and tell you God has changed my life — I have been able to share
my testimony in my business circles now for many years – may I send you a copy?
What better news could I get! My lack of expertise was trumped by availability — to step out of my comfort
zone and trust God for the results. The Lord faithfully returns His Word with joy!