Tuesday morning Boyd and I set out again. The weather was on the cool side, but since there was no wind it was pretty comfortable. We covered a long stretch of road and spoke to a fair number of people.
A couple of those people were Christians and one was a Christian co-worker. However, we did meet a few who we were able to share the Gospel with. One man denied needing Jesus at first, saying that he was "perfect." He thought it was funny, but when we spoke about sin and how we cannot measure up to God's requirements for perfection, he admitted that he was not perfect. He admitted being a sinner. However, after a few minutes, he said he did not really want to consider salvation at that time.
Another young man stopped and spoke to us. He said that he did not sin but needed to "get back into church." He seemed open to the Gospel, but had to drive his sister to work and could not stay to talk more than the five or so minutes we spent with him. He did hear the truth about his standing with God and acknowledged that he was headed to hell if he would did at this point. This young man did not want to surrender his life to Christ at this point.
The last person I will mention was a lady (obviously with a few children in the house). She said she did not know what would happen to her if she died at that moment. She accepted the fact that she was lost in sin and seemed to be open to the Gospel, but her pressing need to take care of her children forced us to cut the conversation short. We left a tract with her and let her know that she could call the church if she had any questions or could visit.
May God lead these folks who demonstrated an openness to the Gospel into His Kingdom.
Finally, at work I had to speak with a man who actually came to our mental health facility looking for someone to pray for him and help him spiritually. He was not a danger to himself or others and was not "religiously preoccupied." He was tired of his life of sin and wanted to find His salvation in Christ. He actually went to a church where he was led to Christ and given a Bible, but when the minister heard that this gentleman had three or four beers before he came to the church the minister went and called the police. I do not understand the thinking of this "minister," but I know the church and it is a bit higher class than I would fit into. Thank God!
I actually spoke about Jesus with this man and referred him to Boyd's church since he lives close to Anchor Baptist. I explained the Biblical teaching about being born again and how God transforms us through His own power, not through ours. This gentleman was engaged in our conversation and I tried to encourage him that the Lord can take him from where he is into a much different life.
Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, 12and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. (1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 ESV)And that concludes the notes for this week. I invite the prayers of my brothers and sisters in Christ.