Thank God for Taxi Drivers

via Bill Peel
November 15th, 2012

I’m always on the lookout for God’s heroes in the workplace—people who understand that their work matters to God and see themselves as Kingdom outposts of God’s grace. Recently, my search led me to a cab driver.

Maybe you’ve heard the story of former terrorist, Mosab Hassan Yousef. He’s the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founder of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.  Mosad followed in his father’s footsteps and, beginning at age ten, he was arrested by the Israelis numerous times.  During a stint in prison, he decided to accept an offer by Shin Bet, Israel’s security agency, to become an informant against Hamas. In the course of his new position, he met a British cab driver who saw himself as God’s ambassador and his taxi as his mission field. 

Unbeknownst to Mosab, when he stepped into the cab that day, he had stepped on holy ground.  At the end of the cab ride, the driver gave Yousef a copy of the New Testament and invited him to a Bible study. Upon reading the gospels for the first time, Yousef was drawn to Jesus’ grace, love, and humility, and in time, he embraced Christ as his savior.

You can read the complete story in the New York Times best-seller, Son of Hamas. Check out the video interview at the book website.

While Yousef’s sensational conversion tempts us to focus on the terrorist-turned-follower of Jesus, don’t miss the critical underlying story of God’s hero—the unnamed taxi driver who took his faith to work and was alert for an opportunity to share the gospel.  Your workplace is holy ground as well.  And, it’s likely that Christ is at work in the hearts of some of the people you pass in the hall or see in the break room. It’s also likely that God wants you to be one link in the chain of encounters that draw those people to Himself.

So keep your spiritual antennae up—and remember that everywhere you set your foot is holy ground. Pray for the people with whom you work and ask God to allow you to be one link in the chain of influencers He uses to draw them unto Himself.

What are some opportunities God has give you to be one link in the chain?

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