Carpools are an interesting phenomenon. Locking several very different people in a car for extended periods of time, with rush hour traffic, can really bring the best and worst out in people.
Because of a serious medical condition, my one carpooler is now on medical leave (please pray for him as he recovers from heart surgery). Subsequently, God has arranged for my other carpooler and me to have “bonding time” for the next 3-4 weeks.
It’s funny what topics of conversation can develop at 5:50 AM. This morning is a perfect example. My carpooler, “B,” openly shared his disillusionment with the Roman Catholic Church and his concerns about the current church he is attending. (I think the Mountain Dew he was drinking helped him to be more talkative.) I was able to discuss, though stumbling at times, some of the issues as they relate to the Bible. Please pray as I continue to share the truth of Scripture with “B” and that the Lord would use His Word to bring about the new birth in this man's life.
The apostle Paul’s words are so appropriate right now. “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season.” We are to always be prepared to proclaim the Gospel message, whether or not we think it’s the right time. We are to be ready when it’s convenient for us and even when it is totally out of our way and seemingly a major hassle.
Let’s be honest. If any of us were to wait until we thought it was a good time to proclaim the gospel, nothing would ever be said. It is the Lord who orchestrates these “divine appointments.” And ready or not, He tosses us into the middle of these opportunities. So, we must be ready, relying on Him, and focusing all our attention and energy on the Word of God and its application to the life of our listener.
C.H. Spurgeon’s words best summarize what we must be about:
"Servants of God, the Seed of the Word of God is not like thistledown which is borne by every wind, nor like certain seeds blown by their own parachutes here, there and everywhere! No, but the Wheat of the Kingdom needs a human hand to sow it and without such agency it will not enter into men’s hearts and neither can it bring forth fruit to the Glory of God. The preaching of the Gospel is the necessity of every age—God grant that our country may never be deprived of it!
Even if the Lord should send us a famine of bread and a famine of water, may He never send us a famine of the Word of God!
Faith comes by hearing and how can there be hearing a if there is no teaching? Scatter! Scatter, then, the Seed of the Kingdom, for this is essential to the harvest.
The spreading of the Gospel is not a thing that you may do or may not do, according to your pleasure, but it is a duty urgently necessary—to be neglected at your peril! You can sow the Seed of God and the Seed must be sown. This Seed should be sown often, for the times are such that one sowing may not suffice. Sow again and again, for many are the foes of the Wheat and if you repeat not your sowing, you may never see a harvest. The Seed of God must be sown everywhere, too, for there are no choice corners of the world that you can afford to leave alone in the hope that they will be self-productive.
You may not leave the rich and intelligent under the notion that surely the Gospel will be found among them, for it is not so—the pride of life leads them away from God. You may not leave the poor and illiterate and say, “Surely they will, of themselves, feel their need of Christ.” Not so—they will sink from degradation to degradation unless you lift them up with the Gospel! No tribe of man or no peculiar constitution of the human mind may be neglected by us, but everywhere we must preach the Word of God, in season and out of season!"
C. H. Spurgeon (Sermon #1603 "What the Farm Laborer Can Do and What they Cannot Do") http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols25-27/chs1603.pdf <blockedhttp://www.spurgeongems.org/vols25-27/chs1603.pdf>
So in carpools and out of carpools, preach the Word!