Gas Station Conversation



Key Bible Verse: Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. (Colossians 4:6)

Dig Deeper: John 4:1-38

[One night,] I stopped to fill up our car with gas at about 11:30 pm. I walked inside to pay the thin guy with multiple earrings and scraggly hair-Jason by name. Making superficial conversation, I asked him how he passed the time working the night shift. He responded with, “I’ve been reading through the Bible.”

Caught a bit off guard, I asked where he had been reading. “I started in Genesis, and now I’m reading in First Cronthans.” (Mispronouncing the word “Corinthians” should have been my clue that he was new to the Scriptures.) Intrigued and impressed that he had read so much, I asked him what he thought of his reading so far. He answered, “Well, there are sure a lot of [expletive] Israelite names.”

I asked him where he had gotten his Bible, hoping a friend was helping him understand what he was reading. “I stole it from my friend’s dad.” His answer finally confirmed my suspicions: He had not been in the habit of reading the Bible.

I invited him to continue our conversation later in the week when he was off duty. I promised that I would bring him a Bible that was easier to read, since he had been working his way through the King James Version [continued 12/15].

– Eric Bryant in Not Like Me

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