There was a crowd of walkers and surfers on the beach promenade today. We were nearly overwhelmed with people stopping at our Bible table asking for prayer or wanting to talk about God. Several walked away with a free new or used Bible.
Trevor said he was 20. “I used to be an atheist. Now I’m an agnostic. But I’m a good person and if there’s a heaven, I’m sure I’ll go there.”
I challenged him to take our Lie Detector Test. It’s a little box that asks the question: “Are you a good person?” The test-taker is to place a small metal cube on the YES or NO. Trevor confidently placed the cube on the YES and it immediately jumped to the NO. His eyes grew big and questioning. He laughed when I explained there was a magnet under the NO.
I said, “We all fail the test when we claim to be good. “I’m sure in many ways you are a good person. Yet none of us is good enough for heaven. The Bible tells us we are all sinners. We all need a Savior and there is only One.”
Just then, a man pulled up on his bicycle. He said, “You may not remember me, but my wife and I stopped by your table last May. You talked to us about God and I was not persuaded. Two days later I was arrested and spent two months in jail. The experience made me reflect on what you said about God. I talked to the chaplain and he placed me in a Bible study. It was a life-changing experience. I want you to know that your words prepared me to seek God. My life has forever changed. Thank you.”
Trevor listened to his story and said to me, “Can I give you my email address? I’m going to have more questions.”
- I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. John 12:46
- For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
- SONG: I KNOW HIM – by Kathleen