A friend and I were headed to the pier to share the Lord with fishermen. We noticed three young men, probably 20 – 22 y.o. walking toward us.
I said, “Hey Guys! We’re giving out good news about Jesus. Would you like some?”
They stopped and all three nodded and put out their hands. As they began to look at the pamphlets, I said, “May I ask you a question? If you were to die today, do you know where you’d go?”
All three shook their heads. One said “I would hope to go to heaven.”
I said, “What if God were to ask you, ‘Why should I let you into heaven?’ How would you answer Him?”
One said “I try to be good.”
“I’m sure you do. In fact, all three of you guys look like you’re good people.”
“Thank you” they chimed.
“But the Bible tells us no one is good enough, that we are all sinners. Do you believe that’s true?” They nodded.
I explained that since we’re all sinners we cannot save ourselves. We need a Savior. Jesus was the only person who ever lived who never sinned one time. Only He qualified to be the sacrifice for the sin of the world, and our Savior. That is the reason He came to earth – to save us! When we are willing to turn away from our sins and turn to Him, He is willing to forgive us.
They asked a few questions and finally I asked, “Would you guys like to receive Christ right now and know that you are saved and someday going to heaven?”
They all nodded. I began to pray and they repeated after me, asking for their sins to be forgiven, asking that God would send His Holy Spirit to indwell them and fill them with all the fruit of the Spirit, so they will have the desire and the self-control to turn away from the temptation to sin.
Afterward they said they were happy and were eager to start going to church, but didn’t know of a good one in their city, which was two hours away. I happened to know an excellent church there and they wrote down the name. After I returned home I contacted a friend in that church who agreed to welcome the guys next Sunday.
We walked away thanking God for making it so easy for us–and for them! We were so encouraged that we did it again just a few minutes later. That’s right! Three more at the end of the fishing pier, prayed with us to give their lives to Jesus!
- If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
- ONE BUSINESS IN LIFE – Quote by John Wesley–circa 1780, Music and arrangement 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/
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