It’s not often that Elvis Presley comes to your church. Even less often does Elvis share the gospel with you.
But that was our rare privilege on Sunday. Well, not really Elvis. Everyone knows Elvis has left the building. But we did have Elvis-impersonator Mark Borg join us with his wife Gina by Zoom. It may be nearly as rare to have an Elvis-impersonator share the gospel with you.
What a strange job for anyone outside of Las Vegas or the cabaret circuit. But Mark and Gina lead a church in Malta. Elvis is just Mark’s side job.
As they shared their testimonies and the word of God with us, it became clear that Mark’s unusual career choice also provides a unique opening into Malta. For the Maltese are – apparently – obsessed with Elvis, almost to the point of worship.
Which reminds me of something the apostle Paul once wrote…
For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.
To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law.
To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law.
To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.
I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. [1Cor 9:19-23]
It seems to me that God has been preparing Mark – from birth – to have unique gifts and unique opportunities to present the gospel to the Maltese people. “To the Maltese, I became as an Elvis-impersonator.”
Because of their interest in – and love for – Elvis Presley, Mark can gain an audience and a willing ear in ways that many of us cannot.
I imagine if I tried to connect with people by singing Elvis songs, I wouldn’t be able to get a hearing. They’d be laughing so hard, they wouldn’t be able to hear my words. It’d be like an episode of ‘Red Faces’, for those who can remember back that far.
But you and I don’t need to be Elvis-impersonators to connect with others. God has given each one of us unique gifts and unique opportunities to connect.
It is no accident that you live where you live, and work where you work. It is no accident that you live right now in the 21st century. And it is no accident that you meet certain people at certain times.
That doesn’t mean you should be a ‘Bible-basher’ with every person you meet. But it does mean you should be “… always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…” [1Pet 3:15].
What has God done for you and done within you? What is it you are good at? What are you passionate about? Those things may just give you a clue as to how God has shaped and prepared you to share the gospel.
And He calls each and every one of us to be prepared to share the gospel. For He has given each one of us ‘the ministry of reconciliation,’ just as He has reconciled us to Himself.
It’s not just for pastors or celebrities or evangelists or stage performers. The ministry of reconciliation is for every believer.
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” [2Cor 5:20]. There is no greater calling in life than to serve Jesus Christ, and to be His ambassador – with whatever gifts and opportunities He has given you.
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