When the woman handed me my coffee I said, “If you come to church on Sunday, I promise to preach on all your sins!” She laughed and told me there wasn’t enough time on a Sunday morning for that. “Well, then, I’ll just tell you how to deal with all those sins at once, that won’t take long at all.”
She couldn’t talk anymore because there other people to wait on. I got some funny looks as I strode to the door and I smiled at every one of them. It’s a small price to pay. Our brothers and sisters around the world are laying their lives on the line to share Christ (and some are losing their life) so I can deal with a few glares and harsh stares and eye-rolling. Big deal. Christ has done so much more for me.
This woman may avoid me the next time I go in there, but she won’t really be avoiding me, she’ll be avoiding the Christ in me. But I’ll smile and greet her as if nothing happened, and keep trying to show her the love of God through Christ. After all, it’s not up to me whether she trusts Christ or not, it’s up to him.