Last Sunday night I requested prayer for finding opportunity to share the gospel with the lost at least every week of this year. The following Monday morning I took a bike ride from our house to the Burger King close to the church’s meeting house. On the way I prayed the ideas of the song, “Lead Me To Some Soul Today.”
During the hour I was at Burger King a man by the name of Mike approached my table and asked me to buy him something to eat. I asked him what his situation was and discussed with him particulars about what he shared. I learned he was 33yrs old, homeless roaming from friend to friend’s and his parent’s house. He did not finish school, did not currently have a job and was not looking for one. When I asked if he believed in God he hee hawed around about it and did not really give an answer. He said he did not have any inclination toward religion, stating that he wanted to live life his own way. When I asked what he thought would happen in at his death he did not have an answer. I asked if he’d been to any funerals. He said he had. I asked what one common phrase he’d heard at every funeral. He said, “They are in a better place.” I asked where that place was. He said he supposed Heaven. I asked if he wanted to be in a better place when he died. He answered yes. I suggested to him that Heaven with its reward or Hell with its punishment is every person’s destiny after death. I asked which he’d prefer. He said Heaven. I asked how he thought he could go there. He did not have an answer. I asked if I could read a passage to him which he allowed. I read 2 Thessalonians 1:3-10 to him. We discussed what it meant to know God, focussing our discussion on who Jesus was and what He has done for us in light of our sins (the gospel). I forgot to ask if he believed in what I had just shared about Jesus. Big oversight on my part. Instead I asked how he could obey the gospel (i.e. Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection). He was unsure. I shared with him the ideas in Romans 6 which we discussed them briefly. I suggested that he could be saved and begin the abundant life with Christ that very hour. Mike thanked me for the discussion and went and bought some food with the money he already had and some change I gave him from my pocket.
Mike sat across the dinning room from me and ate his meal. As I left, I dropped by his table to share my contact information with him and encourage him to answer God’s call to salvation and abundant life in Jesus. I also informed him that if he desired to discuss the topic further in the future, to give me a call.
This was the beginning of an answer to prayer, the completion of which I anticipate will be at Jesus return if He should return this year or my death should I die this year or the end of this year. God is faithful and prayer effective!
“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned;” Colossians 4:2,3
My prayer for you is that God open your eyes to what is likely many opportunities in your life for sharing the gospel with the lost. Also that He give you the courage, strength and wisdom to make the most of them!
Keep thinking souls bethren!