Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I hope you had a blessed day walking with our Lord and Savior by the Spirit. I had a good day on campus. Elizabeth and Mike (after a brief confrontation) prayed with me to receive Jesus today. Thanks for your prayers. Please pray they are blessed and grow in the faith. Their stories are below if you have the time.
Elizabeth was sitting in a lounge that is on the atrium, on the southeast side of the BIC 1st floor. It’s getting difficult to find people I haven’t talked to before. I knew I hadn’t asked her before but had felt kind of nudged to go toward the PE lounge when I first got there, walking past her. Sometimes that nudge is just a direction I’m supposed to walk not a destination. Still I passed her sitting on the hall side of the lounge, then 10 steps later I felt convicted to go ask her to do a survey so I did and she said OK. She was wearing a blue sweatshirt the color of her blue jeans, had nearly round gold rimmed glasses on and white tennis shoes. She looked like a Latina and had long brown hair past her shoulders, was petite, cute face. When I asked her what she would say to God if asked “Why should I let you into Heaven?” she said, “I guess ‘cause I’m a strong believer in Him.” She thought she had a 65% chance of going to Heaven. When I asked her how God took away her sins so He could live insider her she said, “Confession,” kind of like she was guessing. I said, “The Catholic Church teaches only God can forgive your sins and so the Priest is saying God forgives you. The reason God forgives you is because He got paid.” I went on to explain the blood sacrifice of Christ and she was nodding that it sounded familiar. I said this perfect blood was the perfect payment to God for all the imperfect things we had done that we owed God something perfect for, but being imperfect we could not pay. I told her about the Righteousness of God Jesus earned that was to her credit and that this was true by faith. As I finished everything I say in explaining the Gospel I asked if she would want to be forgiven trusting in what Jesus had done for her or thought something else. “Be forgiven,” she said firmly. So I took that to mean she hadn’t thought that way before saying. “Well if you haven’t ever told God you would want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus but has just been going to Church…” she nodded that was true. “Then there’s a prayer you can pray to be forgiven trusting in Jesus.” I talked her through the prayer and asked if it was the desire of her heart and she nodded with an, “Umhum.” So I said she could pray it silently and only God would hear and she took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I mentioned the meaning of the mass as commutating Jesus had died and so she was forgiven and she nodded with sort of a knowing smile, and I said she could in taking it just say “Thank you.” She thanked me and I gave her Bible Promises for You and wrote her name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. I gave her a Bible study too and explained that now trusting in the Righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I told her I would pray for her for the next year. “Thank you, Happy Easter,” she replied and I said, “You’re welcome,” and I headed out.
Mike, a real simple hearted guy, was sitting in the cafeteria at a table towards the back. He had on Jeans and a zip up lined jacket. He looked a bit like “Wreck it Ralf”. There was a kindness about him. He might have just been the gentile giant type. He had a large oval face and shark teeth bangs. I was going through the survey with him when a guy with a big mop of curly hair shortish unimposing was standing off my shoulder and interrupted. “This isn’t about religion,” he began with me, lying, “but the people I am sitting at the table with find what you are saying offensive and ask if you can do it somewhere else.” “This is a public place,” I began. “I have permission from the administration to do this and this gentleman has been sitting here a while. If you don’t want to hear it, move to another table.” The cafeteria where we sat was 90% or more empty. He began going into his we are offended shtick again and I cut him off and said, “The short answer is no.” I turned away from him towards Mike again and he walked off when I had got up to leave they had moved to the other side of the big square post. Continuing on with Mike who seemed unfazed and who had just told me in answering God, “I would say I always try to do the right thing. I haven’t done anything horrible in life.” Then he added as a joke, “or you would have heard about me on the news.” “Unless you got away with it,” I replied smiling. He thought he had an 80-90% chance of going to Heaven he hadn’t been to church in a while. I went through the Gospel with him and he was very receptive. When I finished I asked if he would want to be forgiven for his sins trusting in Jesus or thought something else. “So would you want to be forgiven for your sins?” He replied something like, “I would want that yeah.” So I said there was a prayer he could pray and talked him through it and asked if that, “was the desire of your heart, is that what you think.” “Thant’s what I think,” he agreed and I said he could pray it silently and he prayed to receive Jesus. I explained to him that now trusting I the Righteousness of Jesus to be His righteousness the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. I gave him Bible Promises for You and wrote his name in the front and the date and “forgiven!” I gave him a Bible study and told him I would pray for him each night for the next year. He brought up the guy who had interrupted us saying, “That was obviously about religion.” “Yeah,” I said. “He wasn’t telling the truth.” I told Mike I would see him in heaven and headed out.
As an aside the Bible says Christ teaches us to take up our cross and follow. In the context of that passage immediately before Jesus tells Peter in Mark 8:33 “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” So we know that to take up our cross and follow is to set our mind on God’s interests. In the context of my conversation with Mike—the guy who never introduced himself was focused on man’s interests. I could not be sure Mike would move with me, or have the time to, nor was I interested in them pushing him around, because I knew it was in God’s interests that he hear the Gospel. I’m careful not to argue and try not to tick people off on campus. But many of the liberals there do not want me there and are looking for a way to silence God’s interests. It would be easier to always acquiesce, but sometimes we are not called to do the easier thing. Sometimes when it is clear we must say no to man’s interests because they are counter to God’s. This has many applications in life. Christianity is not the call to be a doormat but to take up your cross.
So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance. God truly blessed.