This one is a bit scattered. Forgive me, I’m a bit rattled.
We were knocking on doors, hoping that people would open up to receive a meal and talk. Most doors remained closed, and many people didn’t feel comfortable talking to strangers who wanted to pray for them.
But David was different. He came to us. He walked feebly down the hall wearing a wrinkled tshirt, his shoulders hunched, and his face marked with weary.
“You haven’t come to room 419 have you?”
“No, not yet. But we can give you a meal right now.”
He shuffled over to us to get some food, and it was very apparent that this man was hurting. We asked his name, and a few questions, and the floodgates of his very soul opened. He believes in God, but his wife does not. She’s in their room, asleep, dying from cancer. The very bed she sleeps on may very well be her deathbed. He went on to tell us about how fearful she is of death, and unreceptive of God or any talk of Him.
and with those words he wept. Standing in the hallway, fellow brothers and sisters that he had just met standing around him. The tears streamed down his face, and the sorrow poured from him and swept through us stirring our spirits. We did all we could think to do. We bowed our heads to our almighty God, and prayed for this man and his wife. We prayed for strength and support. We prayed that she would come to know Jesus. We prayed with everything we had.
days later, and tears are still in my eyes as I think back on David and his wife. GOD HEAL THIS WOMAN. OPEN HER EYES TO THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS. YOU ARE THE LOVING FATHER. YOU ARE THE GREAT REDEEMER.
Guys, we hold a pearl. The gospel is an absolute gem. We know that a life with Jesus is a life of love, peace, healing, and strength. We know that our God heals. We know that our God pursues. We know that when you come to Jesus you go from DEATH to LIFE. This is what we know to be true.
But here we are (or is it just me?), praying for an “opportunity” and an “open door” to talk to our coworkers, to share with our neighbors, to witness to our relatives. Guys, the door is OPEN now. The opportunity is here now. You’re not a stranger to these people. These people know you. Don’t let fear control you. Open your mouth and let the good news come out.
But what if they reject me or the gospel?
Well, Jesus (the one we follow) opened his mouth to share the good news and was nailed to a cross. They hung him out to die, because they rejected him. Think about this. If the creator of the universe was REJECTED, do you think that you won’t be? Prepare yourself, because people will reject Jesus. But we can hope and pray that there will be times when the words of goodness and truth will hit a person like a breath of fresh air and transform their life. And that, my friends, is a moment of great rejoicing. I don’t know about you, but I would rather proclaim the gospel a thousand times and be rejected a thousand times than know that I didn’t at least attempt to help the dead receive life.