Summary: If your friend were God’s friend how would their life be different? If your friend were God’s friend how would your relationship with each other change? If your friend were God’s friend how would you feel about their eternal destiny?
On our vacation, I asked God to open some doors for me to give a clear word about Christ. I was looking for opportunities. Let me share a story with you about one of them.
I was in a pool playing around with Evan, our ten-year-old son, when a man asked me, “Are you finding you way around here OK?” I’d almost forgotten that when we had arrived at our vacation spot, I had asked him for some directions.
We chatted for a while and I was looking for an open door. As I asked about the kind of work he did, he said, “I run a company that sells a lot of office equipment… especially to churches.” Well, that was an easy entrée to talk about spiritual things. I think God answered my prayer for an open door. I had a very clear opportunity to share Christ.
Since I know where he’s staying, I just sent him a follow-up note. Here’s some of what it says:
I wanted to thank you for being so helpful and hospitable for my family and me. I’m the guy who you pointed in the right direction while you were washing your car and who had a conversation with you in the pool one day.
As I sit here writing, I just prayed that God will heal you wife’s wrist quickly and completely. [She had fallen a few days earlier and shattered her wrist.] I also prayed for your health. I noticed a scar on your chest that I presume was from an open heart surgery in the past.
I recall that we talked about the Chicago bishop who was dying of cancer with
such blazing faith. As you remember, I mentioned that a hope of heaven is not secured through religion, but through relationship. Religion is spelled “DO” because it’s based on what we do to be right with God. But a relationship is spelled “DONE” because it’s based on what Jesus did when He died and rose again for us.
Enclosed, please find a booklet that explains very clearly how to have a relationship – a friendship – with God that will last for all eternity. If you have any question, please call or email me.
It was a pleasure to meet you and your wife. I believe God orchestrated our meeting for His divine reasons. Thanks again for your warm smile and helpful hospitality.
Now, what’s going to happen with Bob? I wish I could tell you he got down on his knees right beside the pool and invited Jesus into his heart. I wish I could tell you we heard the angels singing the Hallelujah chorus because he repented. I wish I could tell you that I baptixed he and his wife right then and there! None of that happened. Only God knows what’s really going on in Bob’s heart. But I’m optimistic. Why? I think God opened the door for a clear word about Jesus for Bob.
This morning, I want you to think about a friend at work or in your neighborhood or at school who is far away from God. Some of you have members of your own family who are far away from God. If your friend were God’s friend how would their life be different? If your friend were God’s friend how would your relationship with each other change? If your friend were God’s friend how would you feel about their eternal destiny?