Why Did You Come Tonight?

I had a responsive group of minors in my Bible study at the juvenile hall.  I asked them why they had come.  Their answers were typical: “I need to find God” or “I’ve messed up and I need to turn my life around.”

I said, “Let me tell you why I think you’re here.  Jesus once said, ‘No one can come to me unless the Father draws him.’  You see God loves you and is drawing you to Himself—and you have responded.”

I noticed a couple guys wipe away tears as they listened. I added, “It could be that God is also drawing some of the other guys in the day room (who chose not to come) but they are not responding.”

About five minutes later one of the guys from the day room knocked on the classroom door.  He asked if he could join us.  A boy in the back called out, “Tell him why he’s here!”

Several new boys wanted to receive Christ.  It was a precious time.  After praying, one said with a smile, “I feel lighter, as if a huge weight has been lifted from me.”

  • Jesus said, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me.”                      John 6:44-45
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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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15 Responses to Why Did You Come Tonight?

  1. shaunna says:

    When these young men hear that God loves THEM and is drawing them near to Him, I believe it becomes personal for them and the message is so simple and true. Kathleen, what a privilege it must be to witness this profound moment in their lives!

    • Kathleen says:

      Yes Shaunna, I consider it the highest honor and privilege to share God’s love with the lost. And yes, His message is indeed so simple and true that even little children can respond.

  2. Bob says:

    Great story that reveals an underlying truth!
    Thanks for your Blog.

  3. Liana says:

    You have blessed so many lives Kathleen.

  4. usually i do not write on blogs, but i would like to say that this article really convinced me to do so! congratulations, very nice post.

  5. Karen says:

    Great story! It reminds us that we are never the ones who search for God. He’s always the One who comes looking for US! Thanks Kathleen!

  6. Anthony says:

    I am recalling something I learned many years ago during driving a tractor trailer in the midst of a snow storm. My c.b. radio crackled to life and an angry voice blared over the speaker “hey if you’re not gonna drive that thing pull over and let me by, what are you afraid of anyway, it’s only water!”
    I let him by and said: “careful driver there’s black ice under all that fluffy snow, ya’ know and I’ve already seen several jack-knifed trucks run off the road!”
    Driver he replied: “I been runnin’ these roads for dern neer’ twenty years and over a million miles…it’s water is all…see the spray comin’ offa’ the back of my trailer wheels?”
    “Alright driver be safe, God Bless”…I replied.
    Several hours later of really slow going with my emergency flashers on…flashing lights and sirens rushing to a horrible scene a tractor trailer over-turned. “My God” (I thought) it was he that had passed me hours ago…he wouldn’t listen to me or anybody…he trusted only in his own experience.
    The enemy seeks to imprint the wet cement in our youth…by devious design hoping the imprint will remain and harden in due time.
    Thank you and God Bless your Ministry to the kids and all of us as well, Miss Kathleen.

  7. Frank King says:

    Kathleen, thanks for sharing this great post. You are so right. People may think they do, but they don’t just get up and come to the Lord. This can happen only when God is drawing them. Thank God, He is still doing that in these latter days.

  8. Linda Simson says:

    This brought tears to my eyes, Kathleen! Caused me to go in prayer for those boys, and others like them, that need Jesus. My heart aches for our wayward youth! So happy to hear that the Holy Spirit is drawing them to Jesus like this. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kathleen says:

      Thank you, Linda! I do believe this is an important message for people to hear, especially those who are seeking God. What is more wonderful to know, that a great God actually loves them and is drawing them to Himself.

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