Two bubbly college girls were working with us at our Bible table on the beach promenade. We were questioning the wisdom of coming on such a cold day, when two 20-year-old guys stopped by.
The girls engaged them by giving them our “Good Person Test.” When the guys both insisted they were indeed good, the girls asked if they’d be willing to take our “Lie Detector Test.” Well whaddya know, they both failed! They laughed. It was all in fun.
I then explained that I’m sure they are good guys, but according to the Bible, no one is good enough to enter heaven. We are all sinners and we all need a Savior, and there’s only One. They both agreed they were sinners and needed a Savior.
Jake said, “I recently dropped out of school because of dyslexia and now I’m in a deep depression. I came down here thinking the ocean air would help.”
I said, “Jake, it is not an accident that you’re here. God loves you and wants to help you.” While we began sharing the message of Jesus with Jake, his friend walked to a nearby bench. Elena quickly followed and boldly (yet winsomely) shared Jesus with him.
Meanwhile, Jan and I explained to Jake that as well as having his sins forgiven, when a person surrenders his life to Jesus, he receives the Holy Spirit and all the fruit of the Spirit. “When you receive the Holy Spirit you then have the power to resist sin.” I told him that God wants us to trust Him by thanking Him for our situation, no matter how difficult.
Jake said He was willing to do that–he wanted it ALL! He said he’d recently started attending a Bible church but had not yet surrendered his life to Jesus, nor had he heard about the Holy Spirit. He wanted to pray and give his life to Jesus now! Afterward he said, “I feel different. I feel lighter and more peaceful. I know God directed me to come here today.”
We gave him two booklets: Would You Like to Know God Personally? http://www.4laws.com/laws/englishkgp/KnowGod1.html and
Have You e Wonderful Discovery of the Spirit-Filled Life? http://www.cru.org/training-and-growth/classics/the-spirit-filled-life/
I explained that the booklets complement each other. The first one shows the importance of surrendering to Jesus. The second one shows us how the Holy Spirit works in our lives.
I said, “I believe God is already removing your depression. I also believe God is going to help you with your dyslexia—which will improve as you read more and more. You might even try reading aloud.”
He agreed to do that and could not thank us enough. As we began packing up to head home, we praised God that a cold and dreary day could have such a serendipitous end!
- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
- SONG: GOD IS READY – Words/Music by Kathleen; Poem by E. Cheney, circa 1931