“I thought I’d tell you about my conversion experience.”
30 years ago, Andrew “Hammo” Hamilton claims he had a wild conversion experience. Up until then, he had been an instant coffee drinker.
“Hey, it was the 90s!” Hammo defended himself. “I never knew what coffee was supposed to be like until my friend Mike introduced me to his espresso machine.”
Hammo went from drinking instant, black, blend 40 to asking Mike “How do I roast my own beans?” … “How do I make good coffee?”… “What’s the best coffee machine to buy?”.
And that’s how he was converted to coffee, “I became a disciple” he laughed. But it didn’t happen because Mike sat him down and convinced him that instant coffee was bad. He didn’t argue his case for good coffee, he just let Hammo taste the real thing and Hammo “was in baby!”.
Sometimes Hammo thinks when we share faith with people we think we have to do the whole sales pitch, evangelistic spiel, and of course, there is a place for that. But Hammo doesn’t think people don’t become Christians because other Christians don’t argue well. It’s because sometimes they look at our lives and think “doesn’t look that interesting, looks like instant coffee to me”.
“I think if our lives look like good quality barista coffee, people will be curious, people will be enticed. You don’t need to be clever to share faith. The disciples weren’t clever – they were just inspired. If you’ve met Jesus and you’re inspired, that’s all you need.”
Have a listen to this powerfully, encouraging chat with Andrew Hamilton below:
Blogger, writer, pastor, backyard philosopher, it’s Andrew Hamilton! From Quinns Baptist Church, Andrew Hamilton regularly drops into The Breakfast Show to share a thought or story he’s been reflecting on.