Many people will tell me that walking up to strangers is not the way they would want to evangelize. Most prefer to start a relationship before sharing the gospel. My first response is that it takes two seconds to establish a relationship. You have probably noticed that the complete strangers that I have been encountering have been very open, and more than willing to share. Also, I have found that some will wait entirely too long to witness. It is just as hard to share with a stranger as it is to share with someone whom you know quite well. The fear never goes away.
At the grocery store, I ran into a student that graduated last year. I would classify him as someone who I know pretty well. To begin a spiritual conversation, I had to utilize the same strategies as if he was a stranger. After a few minutes of small talk, I began to deliberately talk about the things of God.
Me: I'm looking for some horseradish. My family and I are celebrating the Passover.
Joe: Are you Jewish?
Me: No, I am a Christian. Do you know why a Christian would celebrate the Passover?
Joe: Not really.
Me: What do you know about the Passover?
Joe: I know that blood was placed on the doorposts of the Israelites, and everyone who did not have blood on their doorposts would lose their firstborn son. Am I right?
Me: Yes, the angel of death spared those who had the blood. This is a lot like Christianity. If you don't have the blood you are in big trouble. Would you consider yourself to be a good person?
I then asked Joe if he had ever told a lie, stolen, or taken the Lord's name in vain. He quickly recognized that he was not good and needed the blood.
Me: Joe, the angel of death will come and you need Jesus. He shed His blood for you. You no longer need to sprinkle blood on your doorpost (Joe interrupts)
Joe: I'm completely covered by the blood of Jesus.
Me: Yes! He purchased a place for you in heaven. He paid your fine. Repent and trust in Jesus.
Joe: I've never really thought about it like that.
I loved when Joe said completely covered. We have been washed by the blood of the lamb. Thank you, Jesus!