Earlier this month our Kids church pastor and I did a first aid course. After doing the course we feel empowered and ready to save lives and leap buildings in a single bound. We did the CPR training – 30 to 2 no matter who, to the beat of staying alive, which sounds much better than to the beat of another one bites the dust. We bandaged head wounds, knife wounds and a range of broken bones and amputations. I only killed Jen once in our practice scenarios. Of course the key to first aid is blankets – do you know how many times we had to use a blanket to complete our assessments and save our patients. Many times. But seriously, the key to first aid is knowing what to do in an emergency situation and having some pre-prepared responses that kick in when needed.
After having a conversation with someone the other day I realized that there are parallels between first aid and evangelism. The key to feeling empowered to step into an emergency first aid situation is as I said, that knowledge of what to do and some pre-prepared responses that guide you through a situation. I feel confident that if I came across an incident, that because of the first aid training that I would feel competent to step in. I even dreamed about it the other night! I did however think it was odd that kylo ren was the ambulance driver…. Welcome to my world….
The key to feeling empowered to step into an evangelistic situation also involves knowing what to do and how to use those skills. Our confidence comes from being trained and equipped to step in when the opportunity presents itself.
God has called each one of us to be ambassadors and witnesses – to shine His light into the world so that people will see God in the darkness. It is God who saves and draws people to Himself but He demonstrates His love and grace and lives out salvation in us.