Walking the streets in search of opportunities to speak with people about life, death and eternity in of itself welcomes unexpected situations. I’ve certainly experienced more than a few but nothing like what I experienced on this Saturday afternoon in City Heights.
I began by walking north, away from University Avenue when I saw two men from a few blocks away loitering on the sidewalk.
One was sitting with his back to me and the other was standing talking to him. I couldn’t tell what they were doing but I was about to find out. Why not, right?
When I walked by them I looked to my left and saw there were eight men in the driveway in addition to the two I saw from a distance. They ranged in age from what appeared to be sixteen to fifty years old.
The man sitting with his back to me was rolling joints from a large stash of marijuana and the others were carefully guarding several coolers of ice cold beer.
Here We Go
All ten men fixed their eyes on me so I quickly introduced myself and told them why I was there.
At that moment, one of the men asked me if I was an undercover cop. I smirked ever so slightly and said, “No, I am here to share with you the Good News of Jesus Christ.”
I began my message by reading a verse from the book of Ecclesiastes.
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)
My message was simple. The Bible tells us that everyone has broken God’s moral law and because of this we’re all guilty, deserving God’s judgement which is eternity in hell; separated from God’s love where there is only unceasing pain and torment.
Then I quickly pivoted to the Good News, which is that God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to endure the punishment we deserved, on the cross, that we may be forgiven for our wrongdoing. God did this because He loves us.
I continued that God commands us to repent of everything we’ve done wrong and to trust Jesus as Lord and Savior, by faith. Those who repent and trust in Jesus will receive God’s grace, forgiveness and spend eternity with Him where there is only peace, joy and love.
Nothing New Under The Sun
It was at this point that I was instantly reminded of Paul preaching to the Areopagus on Mars Hill. Though obviously the audience and circumstances were a bit different to say the least.
We’re told that when Paul finished his message some mocked him, others were intellectually stimulated enough to hear more on the matter and yet others followed him.
I could tell that I too was receiving the same response within the minds of the men who were present; some were mentally mocking me, others were interested in learning more and the rest, especially the younger men, were sincerely contemplating all that I said.
In God’s Hands
Next, I prayed for them, placed my contact card on a chair for them to follow up if they wished and then departed.
I left extremely encouraged that the Lord wwill use His Word to produce fruit in one or all of those men’s lives as we know God’s Word does not return void.
Even though we don’t know their names will you please join me in praying for these men trusting that God knows their names and His will for their lives.
May The Lord Richly Bless You!