A Gospel Opportunity That Started on Facebook Marketplace

by Jenny Brake | Apr 1, 2020 | Articles

Last fall, I started cleaning out my closets. It was simply time to clear out and declutter, and I had the time and just enough willpower to do it. I made three piles—a pile for Goodwill, a pile for family, and a pile to sell. I knew I wasn’t going to have a garage sale, so I started posting pictures and descriptions on Facebook Marketplace—so much easier than dragging out tables, making signs, getting change from the bank, and sitting in my garage all day.

I had so many things listed to sell that my son called me, concerned that I was desperate for money. I reassured him that things were fine and I reminded him that when he and his sister were kids, many of their clothes and toys came from garage sales. It was a good way back then to manage a tight budget, and I’ve always thought of myself, and still do, as a treasure hunter.

Gospel Opportunity

One item I posted last fall that did not sell was a brand-new Bible with a leather cover and the original box. So, imagine my surprise when, just last month (five months after I’d listed the Bible), I got a response from a young gal wanting to buy it. She asked me if she could wait until Friday—payday—to pick it up. I agreed and even reduced the price for her.

Being at the beginning of a global health crisis, I thought the current events might have spurred her desire to read the Bible. She may not have even known where to buy one. Then the Holy Spirit interrupted my thoughts and moved my heart to use this as an opportunity to show grace and give truth.

I messaged her that she could have it. Yep, for free! I told her I’d leave it at my door, and within an hour, she came up the driveway and grabbed the bag off the front porch. I had also included a Tim Keller devotional, a small Bible study, and a notecard telling her that the Bible is the only thing that can give us true hope during times like these.

Sharing Treasures & Gospel Hope

She messaged me later to say how thankful she was for the note. I plan to follow up with her in a week, and we’ll see where things go from there. God is amazing!

Even in this time of quarantines and stay-at-home orders, isn’t it like God to provide opportunities to be gospel influencers in our communities without even leaving our own homes?

We should be encouraged and motivated by Jesus’s words in Matthew 6:19-21,

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” 

During this season, and always: let’s make Jesus our treasure and seek to make much of his name.