Thursday, February 24, 2011
You never know who your gonna meet walking alongside of the road. As I passed a young man walking alongside the road I felt that Holy uncomfortable feeling. So I ended up pulling over further up the road and waited for him to get to me. In these type of moments I realize just how foolish this would be if it wasn't for a God that calls us to be His ambassadors. If it wasn't for a God who values each individual life he has made. So God you have to take over because this is all about you. As I walk up to greet him I realize that he looks familiar. Over a year ago I stopped and talked to him and his friend outside of the gas station. He tells me that he just was in jail for 10 months and is kicked out of his house because he doesn't have rent money for his dad. Turns out he needs $25 in order to pay his dad so he can go back to his dad's house. I wrestled with what to do for him. So "Joe" ends up coming with me to bible study tonight and God provides the $25 he needs. On the way home "Joe" says that he really enjoyed the bible study and was glad I met up with him today. He wants to come back and also visit our church. What an amazing God we serve! You never know how God can use you in someone's life, ... even a random guy walking along the side of the road.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Tonight God blessed me with the chance to talk to someone as I was walking around at Wal-Mart. I asked him if he was at peace with God. He began to tell me that even though he believed in God and accepted Christ, he wasn't making God top priority in his life. He even acknowledged that he only seemed to pray when he was in need. Clearly God was already working in him by convicting him of these things. It was such a blessing to be able to encourage him in his faith by giving him a Bible and praying with him. He also seemed interested in coming to church Sunday night and possibly checking out our bible study on Thursday. It is amazing how I doubt God time and time again even after interactions like this. How easy it would have been to just pass by and not engage this young man. But God met us inside Wal-Mart. God can use us anywhere at any time. If we would just trust Him. God is bigger than our fears or even our cultural norms. Who would talk about God while they were looking for Icy Hot at Wal-Mart? Right.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Tonight after bible study I saw a man sitting by himself across the room. We meet at a sports bar so there are usually always people around to talk to. I prayed and God gave me the courage to respond to that Holy uncomfortable feeling so I went and talked with a man named Huey. Soon into our conversation he tells me that He is a Buddhist. He was very kind and allowed me to share the gospel with him. After I was done he shared his beliefs with me. After he finished I asked him several questions about his faith. Once question especially seemed difficult for him to answer. I asked if there is any concept of forgiveness in his belief system. He paused for a while and went on to explain that somehow your good works can outweigh the bad things you have done. After listening more I realized that his belief system did not have a good answer to the problem of sin. Jesus Christ is the only solution to the sin problem! Please pray that God would open Huey's eyes to see the truth that Jesus is the only Way.