The Christmas season is the best time of year for sharing Christ on the pier! Many people are simply out for a stroll enjoying the ocean view. Others are fishing and waiting patiently for a tug on their line. Some are pulling in their catch and we run to see what’s on the end.
One young couple with a lobster in their bucket was pulling up a crab net with two unhappy crabs rudely interrupted while feasting on the squid bait. Interestingly, we had watched them throw out their old bait of tilapia. His wife explained that tilapia is an unhealthy fish for humans–and even the fish don’t want it! But they sure took to the squid!
When we were done with our fish-talk I said, “I have some little booklets that tell the true meaning of Christmas, but in a comic form. May I share one with you?”
“Let’s see that,” the young man said while flipping through it. “Yes, I’d like to read this. But wait! What church are you from?
“Actually, we are from different churches–and only sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Do you have a faith background?”
The young man said, “we used to go to church, and actually we’ve been thinking it’s something we should get into again, but we’ve fallen away and truthfully, I’ve done some things I’m ashamed of. I’m not sure God would want me.”
“You should know that there is nothing you have ever done that God doesn’t want to forgive. He loves you. That is why Jesus came–to pay for your sins and mine, so that someday we can freely enter heaven. Would you like to get right with God and experience His peace? There is no better time than Christmas to get right with God!”
They were both a bit reluctant. Since they lived in a nearby community, we were able to give them the names of two Christian churches in their area. We ended up giving them another booklet that gives the four steps necessary to receiving Christ. Then I asked, “May we pray with you?”
They nodded with enthusiasm and the two of us prayed for this dear couple, that they would experience the joy and peace of giving their lives to Jesus. They were grateful and said they were looking forward to reading the booklets and going to church.
We walked on to another fisherman…
What joy! Merry Christmas!
- We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2Corinthians 5:20
- You may read the Christmas booklet we shared here: The Greatest Story Ever Told – https://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0293/0293_01.asp?Store=True
- The second booklet with the four steps is: https://www.cru.org/us/en/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally.html
- SONG: DEAR LORD OF LORDS – By Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity