Do you remember the story of Hansel and Gretel? There are a couple of versions. In one they leave a trail by dropping stones behind them. In another, they drop bread crumbs but birds ate the bread crumbs.
When we share Jesus with others are we dropping stones or breadcrumbs? I think we need to do both. The stones are the solid hard truth of the Gospel, but the bread crumbs are the soft touches of love that we sprinkle among the stones. People eat them up.
Love touches every heart. Suppose you sprinkle bread crumbs of love by taking a meal to a lonely soul or shovel the sidewalk of an elderly neighbour. The bread crumbs give you the opening; the opportunity to share the message of salvation: those solid, basic truths that they are loved by the Saviour, who died on the cross for them, and rose again; the Saviour who wants to forgive their sins. And all they have to do is ask him.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, NIV)
Prayer – Lord, give us the opportunity and the courage to share both bread crumbs and solid stones. Amen