"You've got a special gift."
I've been told that a couple of times now in reference to my being able to start a conversation with a stranger and share the Gospel.
A gift? Really? Less than two years ago I hadn't shared the Gospel in a conversation in 10 years. I actually started a post on this blog at one point titled "I am the world's worst evangelist..." (Side note: I tried to track it down but apparently I was so depressed by it that I deleted it.)
I wouldn't call this a special gifting. It took me weeks to get up the courage to cross the parking lot for my first real attempt at sharing the Gospel with a lost person. Even after that there were months where I shrunk back in the middle of a conversation instead of speaking boldly how God is prompting me. (I still struggle with it.)
Two things that helped me find this "gift":
1) Learning simple Biblical tools to share the Gospel.
2) Being in relationships with people that actually expected me to do it.
So if it is a gift, it isn't unique to me or a limited number of people. If it is a gift, it can come to anyone that starts to obey what God calls all believers to do. If it is a gift, we'll see that obedience to Jesus makes us more in tune with opportunities and better able to listen to the Spirit's leading.
Maybe we've never seen this gift in ourselves because we've never been trained to share the Gospel or expected to do so.
So since I've got the gift I'm going to pass it on to you, the reader. Here it is, free for the taking.
The only question that remains is: What are you going to do with it?