A brother from church called me yesterday, telling me that the Lord had put on his heart to go door to door witnessing to the people in his condo complex. He wanted to get a few other people to come help him and asked if I wanted to come.
Last night’s witnessing had gone so well, and the people were attentive while we spoke to them, that I was very excited to have another chance to do it again so soon. We met together and prayed and then split up into pairs. Many people were not home. Two people shut the door in my face. And then there was the elderly man watering the grass as he puffed on his pipe. He had to be in his eighties. Two of us walked over to talk to him and when he heard the name of Jesus he became very agitated. He insisted that he had a relationship with the Lord, but when we told him the Bible said Jesus is Lord, he became angry. “He’s not my Lord. He said a lot of things, but He’s never done anything for me.” And he walked away.
Jesus is Lord. This man will one day be convinced of that. My heart has been breaking for him all day. I pray that the Holy Spirit will convince him of it before he meets Christ in eternity.
I had previously shared a bit about my experience years ago in street ministry. I’ve thought about it a lot lately, remembering the joy there was in consistently sharing this wonderful gospel. Somehow the cares of this life pulled me away from evangelism as a lifestyle. Why I have been content in this state of affairs, I cannot understand. But God, in His kindness, has rekindled within my heart the desire to make the gospel of Jesus known. For several months now I have prayed for God to send a like minded person to partner with me. And He has!
Tonight I went with my dear friend Michelle to an apartment complex close to our church. It is terribly hot and humid here in Louisiana, but there were many people outside this afternoon….just waiting to hear the gospel. So for an hour and a half Michelle and I walked around the complex and shared Christ with several individuals and several groups. It was amazing to watch as the Spirit of God began to bring conviction of sin. We felt that the Lord had led us to people who were ready to hear. As it began to get dark we made our way back to the car, filled with joy. People heard the gospel tonight.