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Overnight Sensations Don’t Happen Overnight

February 28, 2011

John Allan

Two Sundays ago (February 20) Trevor Bayne became an instant sensation when he became the youngest person to win NASCAR’s biggest race: the Daytona 500. Bayne won the race the day after his 20th birthday and has been in the spotlight for his surprising win.

A lot of people (this writer included) had never heard of this young man before February 20, 2011. To hear of his accomplishment it would be easy for many to think he came out of nowhere. The truth is, Bayne started racing when he was five. He worked hard to get to the level of skill that he has. He did not hop in a racecar for the first time Sunday, drive 500 miles and come out the winner. Instead, years of training and countless hours behind the wheel prepared him to capitalize on this opportunity when it presented itself.

Success does not usually happen simply by luck. Usually great accomplishments are the result of prepared people, hard work, diligence and execution. It is no different when it comes to evangelism. You will not be able to lead others to Jesus Christ if you are not prepared. The good news is not learned through osmosis; we must invest the effort to know what God’s word says and to put it to use in our lives.

In 1 Peter 3:15 the apostle Peter wrote “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” (NKJV). It takes preparation and diligence to be able to do what Peter commanded. For most it also takes overcoming anxiety, shyness and even fear.

Do not despair if you realize that there are others (maybe even many others) who seem to be better at sharing the gospel with others than you. They did not develop their ability overnight. We should only despair if we are not equipping ourselves for sharing the gospel with others. You do not have to be an overnight sensation, but you do need to be prepared for when opportunity knocks.

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