Let Me Pick Your Brain For A Moment

I overheard a discussion that Melissa was having with one of her friends. Melissa is nine years old. Melissa said, "I wish I could open up my head and pull out what is inside it. I would like to see what is in each of my brain cells." Melissa's friend asked, "You mean you want to look at the nucleus and proton?" Melissa replied, "No. I mean that I want to look into my brain cells to see which ones hold my ABC's and the other things I have learned."

After hearing this discussion, I wondered if God were to look in our brain cells, how much of the Bible would He find? I wondered how much knowledge, or preparation, is necessary for serving the Lord, especially for witnessing?

We must be confident of our relationship with Jesus, if we expect others to believe our testimony. And we must have an understanding of some of the basic concepts found in the Bible, particularly those concepts relating to salvation. But let us not spend all of our lives preparing for witnessing, only to discover that we have no time left with which to act.

When we die, will God look in our brains to see how much of the Bible is in there? I don't know. Maybe He will be more interested in how much of the Bible in our brains found a home in our hearts. We sometimes worry about using the right words, or what to include in our message to the unsaved. But how much preparation is really necessary to open up your heart to someone else about what Christ has done for you?

Maybe we need to be more concerned with preparing our hearts for witnessing than we need to be concerned with preparing our words or the message. We need to prepare our hearts for witnessing through Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. The Holy Spirit can guide a prepared heart to the right message at the right time.

So open up your brain cells to the words of the Bible. And open up your heart to the spirit of the Bible. "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have ..." (1 Pet 3:15)

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