Last week I told the story of Maria Mills, the young maid who had such an impact on the little boy who was to grow up to become Lord Shaftesbury. She loved him, taught him the Bible and lead him to faith. I believe that the greatest act of love that we can show anyone is to share our faith with them. I would not be here this morning had it not been for Graham Foster who shared his faith with a young stroppy sailor.
At the end of August there’s a national event happening, right here in Scotland, called The Turning. There have been stories right across the UK of people coming to Christ as a result of this initiative. Billy Kennedy, the Leader of Pioneer, admitted to being sceptical of it when it came to Southampton, that was until he went out on the street and ended up leading someone to faith. I have to confess that the thought of going on the streets and talking to complete strangers is not something that I am comfortable with – maybe my discomfort is a small price to pay to see someone find new life and freedom in Christ.
Listening to Bishop Michael Curry preach at the Royal wedding on Saturday filled my heart with hope, but also challenged me personally. Am I prepared to go out of my way to share my faith and show others the love that Christ has for us all?