After talking to so many people who are either hostile or indifferent to the Gospel, I thank God for conversations like this one! What follows is a summary and it’s quite abbreviated, but it’s the most encouraging talk I’ve had for quite some time. I will refer to her as T and myself as P. After a minute or so of conversation, here’s how things went:
P: Can I take some time to go through this little booklet called Two Ways to Live?
T: I got that last week.
P: Really, maybe my friends gave it to you?
T: One guy was white; the other was Indian.
P: Yep, those are my friends. We’re from the same church, just over there (pointing), on the other side of those buildings. Well, what do you think?
T: I still have it, but I haven’tread it.
P: Well, while you wait for the bus can I go over it with you?
P: (reading from the booklet) God is the loving ruler of the world. He made the world. He made us rulers of the world under him.
P: But we all reject God’s rule by trying to run our life our way. But we fail to rule ourselves or society or the world. We’ve sinned; everyone has. I know you seem like a very nice person, but when the Bible assesses you and I, here is the assessment: “There is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10). Would you say that you are a sinner?
T: Well, yes, we all are.
P: But God is just. He won’t let us rebel forever. His punishment for our rebellion is death and judgement. So, what we deserve for our rebellion against God is punishment.
T: But what if we have a struggle that we really wan’t to be rid of but we can’t seem to overcome it?
P: Do you mean sin?
T: No, not sin; I’m not talking about hurting others, but an inner struggle.
P: Do you mean something like, say, anger?
T: Yes, like anger. What happens if I struggle with that?
P: Well, if it’s unrighteous anger, you will be punished because it is sin.
T: But what if I go really deep in prayer.
P: The Bible teaches that you can’t remove the guilt of your sin.
T: But what if I really try to stop and I don’t like it?
P: No, God hates all sin. He is just and must punish it.
T: So there’s nothing we can do?
P: That’s right; it’s too late; we’re guilty.
T: (with sincere concern) So, I’ll be guilty forever because of my sins?
P: Well, there is a way to receive forgiveness and that’s the good news.
T: (looking straight at me with all seriousness) Well you better tell me soon because I’m frightened!
P: Okay, Well here it is: Because of God’s love, He sent His Son, Jesus, into the world. Jesus always lived under God’s rule. He didn’t rebel like us, but he came to die in our place. And by dying in our place he took our punishment and brought forgiveness.
P: (Bus came) Oh, do you need to get on the bus?
T: No, it’s okay, I’ll just get the next one.
P: Okay, well, not only did Jesus die for sinners, God raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus conquered death and now gives new life and He will return to judge the world.
T: So, this is why Jesus came?
P: Yes, and we will either trust in Him and what He has done for us, and submit to his rule, receiving the forgiveness, or we reject him and we’ll be punished for our sins.
T: Thank you for sharing.
P: Well, isn’t it great news?!
T: (In a sobered manner)Thank you; I’m going to pray about this.
I really encouraged her to come to church to learn more. She has my contact info, as well as all the church info she needs. Please pray for her salvation.