THIS ARTICLE IS A PART OF A SERIES CALLED "WHAT'S IN YOUR TRUNK?" AS A PART OF THE LOTTIE COOKIE PROJECT BASED ON WHEN LOTTIE MOON LEFT TO DO MISSION WORK IN CHINA. SHE PACKED HER BELONGINGS IN A LARGE TRUNK INCLUDING CLOTHES, SHOES, AND PAPER FOR WRITING LETTERS. SHE ALSO PACKED HER FAMOUS TEA CAKE RECIPE, WHICH HELPED HER BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH HER NEIGHBORS AND SHARE THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST WITH THEM. YOU CAN READ THE STORY OF LOTTIE'S TRUNK HERE. WE ASKED WRITERS WHAT THEY WOULD PUT IN THEIR METAPHORICAL TRUNK IN ORDER TO SHARE THE GOSPEL AND THIS WAS THEIR RESPONSE:
I hate packing. It’s one of those things that I put off until the last minute because it seems so tedious and there are far too many decisions to make. Then I end up scrambling to throw a few things in a bag at the last minute, and I inevitably forget something important. Anyone else ever have to stop on the way for a hairbrush or pair of socks? Just me? Okay then.
When it comes to sharing the Gospel, I want to be prepared. I want to carefully choose the words I say as I share with others. I want to prayerfully consider how the conversations could go and let God guide me. I can’t do that if I’m scrambling at the last minute.
Although sharing Christ isn’t easy, you luckily don’t need much to share Him with your neighbors, so it shouldn’t take long to pack for this trip. Here’s what I would pack:
Prayer: I believe all things begin with prayer. I am not always great at praying or finding the right words to say, but I know God honors my efforts. I have made it a habit to pray each morning on my way to work, and it has helped me tremendously throughout the day. It centers my mind and helps me to focus on glorifying God instead of worrying about selfish things. I still do that, too, but I’ve gotten better. Sometimes, random people pop into my head during those prayer times, and I know that’s God telling me to pray for them and maybe even share Him with them.
Bible study: Everyone has heard this, but you don’t go to take a math test without working on a few practice problems first. It’s the same with the Bible. It’s very hard to share about Christ and all He can offer to others when you don’t even know the full story yourself. I have recently become a Bible journaler, and it has helped me understand and appreciate God’s Word in a new and fresh way that I am so thankful for. Bible journaling has also opened up new doors for me because I can talk to nonbelievers and believers alike who are interested in learning more about the artistic and creative side of this type of study.
Encouragement: There is a test you can take to find out what your spiritual gifts are, and my top two are administration and encouragement. So basically, I’m going to help people through tough times in a very organized way! I fully believe that relationship-building is the first step to sharing Christ with another person, and I think encouragement is a great way to begin that. It’s not difficult to lend a listening ear or to give a positive comment to someone struggling, but it can make all the difference in their life.
There are so many other things that would be helpful on this Christ-sharing journey, but you can’t go wrong if these three things lay the foundation for you.
What would you pack in your metaphorical Lottie Moon trunk? We’d love to know! Share your packing list with us at facebook.com/wmufoundation.
Written by Maegan Dockery, Donor Administrator at the WMU Foundation.