Today we had an incredible communion service at church and pastor Joe started sharing from the gospel of John, which we will be studying for the next several months. After the game we went to our son’s house to watch the Seahawks beat the Redskins and we exchanged Christmas gifts with him, Shanya, and Ty, since they were out of town for Christmas. We then came home I realized I had not witnessed to anyone today. We started putting together a jigsaw puzzle that our pastor had given us for Christmas and I got a phone call from my friend, Mike. Mike and I decided to go to Starbucks to chat for a while so I met him there at 8:00 PM.
What a perfect opportunity to share the gospel!
Mike paid for our drinks but I asked the barista if she could break $1 million bill. She laughed and asked if it was real and I told her that there is no such thing as a million-dollar bill, that’s why we’re able to print them. She asked me why we print them and I told her that I don’t print them I buy them online. I told her that it comes with the million-dollar question and I asked her what she thinks happens when someone dies. She hesitated to answer and it appeared that she was concerned about her coworkers hearing her answer. This is a rather common response when there are other ears around. She pointed up and said that we go to heaven. I asked if everyone goes to heaven and she said no only those who believe. I said “believe in what”? And she said if we believe in God. She was very hesitant to answer and I could see her peeking out of the corner of her eye to see if her coworker was listening. I believe she became even more nervous if I asked her if her God has a name. She quietly said “Jesus”. Just then her coworker came over and asked what we were talking about because she overheard us. I believe she asked if she was being quizzed and she asked her how this conversation got started. I didn’t get their names so I will call the first gal Jenna and I will call the second gal Sarah. Jenna said that the conversation had just gotten started on its own. I then asked Sarah what she think will happen to her when she dies. She said she believes that she will go to heaven, and Jenna then said “you just asked the 2 Christians that work here”. So I asked Sarah a little bit more. I asked her why she thinks she will go to heaven and she said that it’s because she believes in Jesus. I asked her what it is about Jesus that would be so special that would get her to heaven and she said that she believes it is because we have hope and he brings hope and we all want hope that there is a heaven. I agreed with her and said that I think that everyone believes there is a heaven but what is it that is so special about Jesus? She was stumped to give me an answer so I began explaining to her that we have all sinned against God and because of that we are unable to please God through our good works. As I was explaining to her about God’s plan of redemption there other coworker walked up, we’ll call her Melissa, and overheard the conversation and asked how this conversation got started. Sarah said that it had just come up and as since Melissa had decided to get involved in the conversation (thank you, Lord) I decided that I would ask her (of course).
I asked her what would happen to her when she dies and she said “I hope I can come back and haunt everyone.” I said “wow, why would you want to do that?” She said she just thought that it would be fun. I asked her if she believes that there is a heaven and a hell. She said yes she thinks so. I asked her if she thought she was good enough to go to heaven and she thought about it for a minute and said “no, probably not”. I asked her why she thought that and she said she probably supposes that none of us are good enough to get to heaven. I asked her how we get there then and she said “well I suppose I don’t know”. I said “wouldn’t you want to know if you could? Especially before you die when it’s too late?” She said she probably would want to know if she could so I explained to her and I asked her if she is ever told a lie, She said yes and admitted that that would make her a liar, and I asked her if she had ever stolen anything, she had to think for a while and then realized that she had stolen a pen from work and she admitted that that would make her a thief, and I asked her if she’d used God’s name in vain. She said “Yes, every day”. I said “you mean you take the name of the God they gave you life and every breath you take and you used his name as a curse word to express disgust?” I told her that that’s very offensive to God and he says that he will not hold anyone guiltless that takes his name in vain. I told her that’s called blasphemy. I told her that the Bible says that no liar, thief or blasphemer will inherit the kingdom of heaven. She said that no one could get to heaven then. That were all going to hell. I said “no, but we all deserve to go to hell.” I explained to her what God had done for us, that although we all deserve death and that we all deserve to go to hell, but God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. I explained to her that that 1st means that although she had sinned against God and deserved to spend eternity in hell because God is a just judge and must punish sinners, that God loved us so much that, although we could not earn his favor and that all of our good works are filthy and his sight, God came to earth, close himself in flash, lived a perfect life and therefore did not deserve to die, but he offered up his life as a sacrifice for our sin and that if she would believe and place your trust in Christ that God would impute Christ’s righteousness upon her and give her eternal life. I told her that she must repent of her sentence, turn away and stop living for herself and start living for God and trust in Christ righteousness alone to pay for the penalty of person against a holy God. I could see that Melissa had her eyes opened during this conversation. She did not make a profession of faith at this time but certainly now has some things to think about. I asked her to please think about the things that we had talked about and to get right with God before she lays her head on her pillow tonight because she is not guaranteed a tomorrow.
As I was talking to her the other 2 girls were, obviously, listening intently to what I had to say to her. I believe Jenna was already a Christian as she explained to me that her parents were pastors at a church and Fall City and I know that she agreed with everything I had said. Sarah, on the other hand, was listening intently and I believe it was probably the first time that she had heard the Gospel presented in this way. I pray that she heard the truth and will repent of her sins as well.
I praise God that my conversation with all 3 of them was an encouragement to Jenna and I know that it was an encouragement to Mike, as well. It brought great joy to me to share the gospel and my faith was strengthened even more. there is no greater blessing than to share the gospel with an unbeliever with one exception: to see an unbeliever come to faith. Please prepay for Jenna, Sarah and Melissa.
After our conversation I went to my jacket and got a rainbow track for each of them. I pray they will read them and that God’s Kingdom will expand according to his grace in Christ Jesus.
Please pardon any mis-punctuations or misspellings as this blog post has been dictated and not typed.