Friday, December 30, 2011

Crazy for Christ

t was around 9:00pm as I went into the grocery store. I saw a young man pass by and felt like maybe I should talk to him about the Lord, but instead I continued into the store. About 20 minutes later I pulled out of the parking lot and headed home. To my surprise I caught a glimpse of someone walking along side the road. From what I could tell it was the same guy I saw before I went into the store. I had been praying for opportunities and the Lord didn't let me pass on this one. I confess though it was really easy to think of reasons why not to try. How do I even start talking  to this young man who is walking alongside the road late in the evening. Of course from a fleshly mindset it did not seem like a wise move to approach him. I drove around trying to find a good place where I could stop and meet up with him. I ended up parking in a burger king and then initiated as he was walking by.

The reason I shared all these details is to give God the glory because what proceeded could only have been from Him. The young man who's name was Luke ended up praying to receive Christ with me. This did not have anything to do with my ability or wisdom. This was about being obedient to the Spirit even if it seems a little crazy. Luke heart was soft and ready to receive Christ. There are so many opportunities we have each day to share the good news. We may never see the fruit but we are called to be ministers of reconciliation. This is not just for missionaries or pastors but for all believers.

Lord Jesus. Thank you for the privilege of being your ambassadors. Give us your heart and your eyes. Make us willing to be crazy for you so that you receive the Glory.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

The most important work

Recently the Lord has been convicting me of neglecting the most important work of engaging people with the gospel. It is easy to make excuses. I can list many reasons why it's not a good time to talk to people. But God has called us to be His ambassadors. 2 Cor. 5:18 "All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; ... and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us." He has given us and is entrusting us with His message. This is a awesome responsibility.

Tonight God blessed me with the privilege to talk to Nick. The Lord has been impressing upon the importance of asking Him for opportunities and then being alert to His promptings through out the day. We went to Wendy's to have dinner as a family. Nick was sitting by himself and so stopped and prayed that God would fill me with His spirit. Nick's heart was very soft. He believed in God but acknowledged his feelings of being unworthy to go to heaven. It was a beautiful thing to see that the Spirit was already at work to show Nick his unworthiness. We gave him a connecting with God booklet and got his phone number. He even came back and asked if we had another booklet. Please pray for Nick that he would respond to God's leading and put his trust in Christ alone for salvation. Pray also that Nick would be willing to get involved in a local church where he can grow.