When I die, the pie chart representing how I spent my time on earth would have to include the time spent waiting in line at Sam’s.  As great as Sam’s is, its popularity combined with the quantity of items purchased can make for extraordinarily long wait times.  Don’t even get me started on Thanksgiving and Christmas.  If my wife or I announce we are going to Sam’s during the holiday season, it’s followed by packing water, snacks, and a family circle of prayer hoping we will see each other again soon.  That is until now….

If you are not aware of the “Scan & Go” feature on the Sam’s mobile app, you are missing out on the fullness of life that John 10:10 refers to.  It truly is a life changer.  With this app, you can do your shopping at Sam’s as normal and when you’re finished, you scan the items using the Scan & Go feature on the app and leave the store.  That’s it.  No waiting hours in line behind others seeking savings through bulk buying toilet paper and 64 oz vats of yellow mustard.  The app charges whatever card you have attached to the app, and you are out the door! 

One of my favorite things to do when I’m at Sam’s is to ask the people standing in line if they have the Sam’s app.  I show them the Scan & Go feature and their faces light up like they’ve found what they’ve been looking for their entire life.  It is so much fun!  There are those that dismiss my claims and choose to remain stuck in line and watch time slip away with each distant beep of the register.   However, there are other times when it turns into this wave of time saving excitement as news of this God sent technology spreads throughout the checkout lines.  In a matter of minutes, the lines literally start to empty, and I’m pretty sure I heard weeping of joy as I was high-fived by the Sam’s employee at the exit door.    

It’s an easy sell, honestly.  I’ve been where they are.  I can relate to their sore knees from standing in line forever.  I am familiar with the desire to wish things were different.  However, I also know where to find relief, so I share it with them, and they are grateful.  If you will allow me to be honest with you for a moment, I wish my approach to sharing the gospel reflected my Scan & Go sharing experience.  I admit, they are different in every way, but God has a way of using ordinary situations to teach me extraordinary lessons.  I’ve figured out the main differences in my approach, and it is was quite convicting. 

I go into Sam’s looking for opportunities to share with others what has made such an impact on me.  I don’t take that approach with the gospel when I leave the house and interact with those in my community.  In Sam’s, I regularly and openly demonstrate the joy of this time saving app, but outside of a spiritual event, I’m not sure how often others witness the joy of the gospel on my face or in my communication.  When I share the wonderful aspects of the app and explore with a stranger what it has to offer, I fully expect them to respond positively and act on this revelation.  I do not have the same positive expectations when sharing the gospel.  In fact, I expect to be rejected if I get into it at all. 

I do not doubt the saving power of the cross.  I have full confidence in the Holy Spirit’s ability to change the hearts of anyone.  I also have the ability to share with others the gospel that changed my heart and life many years ago.  Why am I so willing to do it poorly?  Why do I have doubts as to how it will be received?  Why do I concern myself with how it’s being received?  It’s not my job to change the heart, just to share the good news.  This is something that I, and I think many others, wrestle with regularly.  We don’t need to feel condemned by the struggle.  Just put one foot in front of the other and look for the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Above all else, I am thankful that I have good news to share, and I pray that we all will commit to learning how to share the gospel more often and more effectively. 

Romans 1:16

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”