Divine Flavor in an Ordinary World

I looked over and saw her, sitting at the table, eyes glued to her computer screen and focused on what she was working on.

I felt that nudge inside to talk to her, but I was doing my best to talk myself out of it. “She looks busy,” I thought. “And how would I start a conversation?”

I sat in that coffee shop, knowing that I wanted to share the gospel with this girl and take an ordinary conversation and make it a divine one. Then I remembered what I had talked with a friend about a few days earlier. She had suggested interviewing people as a way to start conversations.

I grabbed my pen and notebook, wrote down a few questions, walked over to the table, and began talking to the girl, who introduced herself as Leela*.

The conversation felt so natural, and it brought me joy being able to get to know her story. As it turns out, Leela became a believer in college.

One conversation led to another and another, and now I’d consider Leela one of my best friends in South Asia.

I used the same interviewing technique a few weeks later at a college campus while talking with 3 biomedical students, all Hindus. It gave me a glimpse into their lives and an opportunity to share the gospel with them.

When it comes to sharing the gospel with those God has placed around us, taking ordinary, everyday things and looking for a divine connection to them can help.

We see the same example in Scripture in how Jesus taught. Jesus used parables to explain spiritual things to His disciples and those He spent time with.

He would take the most ordinary of things and put a divine spin on them. For example, salt.

In the beginning of Matthew 5:13, where Jesus calls His disciples the “salt of the earth,” that’s us, too! We are the salt Jesus talks about. We are the divine flavor in an ordinary world. We are called to sprinkle the taste of Jesus among people who desperately need it.

That need brought this Bible Belt–living, journalism-loving girl from her comfortable life in the States to South Asia to bring the gospel to those who have yet to hear it. And it’s the same need that should push you to share with those you meet, by all means.

Emily Todd* is a cross-cultural worker serving among the people of South Asia.

*Names changed.

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