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Called to Be An Eye Witness

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The plane was jam packed- yet an empty seat was right next to me. Ahh, I profusely thanked the Lord, for only He knew how exhausted I really was. I took my boots off… laid my head back, closed my eyes and started to praise God for His graciousness.

Twenty minutes into flight a man came up and asked me, “ Can I sit here? There’s a screaming baby back there.”

What could I say? “Sure” and closed my eyes. Immediately he opened a conversation, “What was your purpose for travel this weekend?” I gave the quickest answer possible… “I was speaking at a conference.”

“Oh? What were you speaking about?” He asked. I then knew, this was not going to be a flight to sleep and replied, “I’m a Christian speaker.”
His eyes got big and a huge smile overcame his face as he pulled his face into mine, “So, you speak about Jesus?”

I said, “Yes, I do. Do you know Him?”

The smile cleared off his face and he said, “I do. Tell me what you know about him.”

I was tired and wanted to see where he was coming from so I said, “You first. You tell me what you know of Him.” While he talked, I realized that he didn’t know Him.
He then asked, “Why do you believe in Jesus? What is your proof that He is the Son of the Living God? I have read many books, and none convince me that Jesus is God’s Son.”

Instantly, Luke 24 and Acts 1:8 flashed before my mind, “You will be My witnesses. . . even unto the ends of the earth.”

I was being called to be an eye witness.

An eye witness!? Oh yeah, a surge of glory hit my weary body. I’d never heard the Lord say I want you to be an eye witness- like that. He didn’t want me to give a theological or academic answer. Oh no, He wanted me to give an eye witness account of His Glory. He wanted me to give testimony of my experience- of what I’ve seen and heard Him do in my life and in the lives around me.Exhaustion left me and the Holy Spirit empowered me as I gave an eye witness account of my risen Savior and how I personally knew without a doubt that He indeed is the Christ the Son of the Living God.The man was loud and gregarious as he interrupted me. “WHAT? Say that again… I can’t hear you?”Repeatedly at the most intense parts of the conversation he would loudly state a question and ask me to repeat the answer over and over.
Everyone sitting around us listened. I wanted him to lower his tone- but he didn’t.He asked about heaven and hell… the purpose of baptism… the inspired, infallible Word of God… He covered all bases for himself and all those around him- on the packed airplane.
He was SO excited when we landed. He said, “I can’t wait to tell my wife ALL that you’ve said about Jesus, the Son of the Living God!”
We exchanged emails and are continuing this conversation.Next time you’re relishing that empty seat next to you- don’t get to comfy. He’s calling us all out of comfy and asking us to be eye witnesses of His glory even unto the ends of the earth.The Lord is asking all of us- today to be eye witnesses of Him. We are called to go into all the world, preach the gospel to every creature, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost!

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We are each called to teach them to observe all things that He commanded and He promised to be with us always even to the end of the age. GLORY. AMEN!!

When I stood up to get off the plane, passengers started to shake my hand.

People are watching and listening to
us. . . What will they hear?

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Comments

  1. For this alone, the trip was soooo worth it, and yet, God did exceedingly more than we could ask or imagine!!!! Thank you my precious friend (oh…I’m getting all teary), but thank you for always being ready to give an account of the hope you have in Jesus. I LOVE that I never hear the same story twice. You know why? God is writing new chapters every moment of every day and you surrender yourself to His call, willing to be used for His glory!

    We are still praising and celebrating all the life change that began Saturday!!! God used you my friend…oh my…He used you…and the hearts we prayed would come open came open!!!! He is continuing to move. Thank you for your obedience.

    Love you. Praying for all that concerns you right now. May God more than supply.
    Hugs,
    Joy

    • Amen and Hallelujah Joy! I stand in awe at what He did at the conference. Thank YOU Jesus!!! Yet, if I came just for this man on the flight home it would have been worth it all indeed! What an honor to be used by the KING OF KINGS and LORD of LORDS to proclaim His glory, power and dominion all over the earth!!!

  2. Nancy says:

    Sharon, What words of wisdom and honesty you share with us! I sit on an airplane and just want to be quiet and relax before returning home. That is what you too wanted to do but you allowed God to speak to you and you in turn spoke His words to your fellow traveler! May we also share God’s message to someone today even if it is just a smile or holding the door open for them or chatting with a lonely soul. Thanks for giving us this nugget of love today Sharon! Blessings on your ministry.

  3. Thanks for being obedient!

    Just when you were tired….the Holy Spirit gave you the power and words…just like the
    bible talks about. God said He would be there for you!

    Thank you for the encouragement. This made my day!

    Yes…watching God stretch you little by little.

  4. Ruth Skinner says:

    Dear Sharon,

    If we can view all our waking hours as opportunities to be ‘eye witnesses’ then we will surely open up many opportunities to show someone the way to salvation. Even our times of trial provide opportunities for us to show others that our God is our strength.

    I’m so sorry I missed Winter Interlude, our daughter continues to be in crisis with her precious baby so we were busy ministering there. Please continue to keep her in your prayers. Thank you so much for your support.

    In the patient waiting for Jesus,

    Ruth.

  5. Tammy says:

    That was an amazing story! I love the way you put it about being an eye witness for Jesus. You just never know when God is going to open up a door. I am praying for God to use me to win souls for Him. I am a pastor’s wife and am in a hard place right now. Could you please pray for me. Blessings to you and your ministry.

  6. shirley says:

    What an awesome experience. It reminds me that God tells us to be ready to give answer to all people. You do such a great job…. I love sharing your stories and encounters with others. They encourage others to step out in faith and to be ready as God leads them Thank you so much Sharon

  7. What an amazing story! I am so glad you let God use you that day. In His strength and Spirit you touched lives you may not know about until you are in heaven. Praise God for women like you who are models for all of us! thanks!

  8. Jennie (Jackson) Lathrop says:

    I believe God put you in that place at that time because He can trust you to speak faithfully for Him. What an amazing testimony of what God can and will do through a willing vessel.

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