Look What God Did!
Over the past thirty years I have written the
soul-winning articles for five Christian papers at different times. I
write for two papers now and they go to 316,000 people! God has used
them. Hundreds have told me they read them are greatly encouraged and
challenged to witness more by reading them. Ever so often now I am
going to write a story about someone being saved through sharing the
gospel personally. May the dear Lord use these to stir your heart to
share the gospel more often.
For several days I had been in Salt Lake City, Utah
and had shared the gospel with about 15 people one way or another.
They were all Mormons and not one was opened to the gospel. Eating
lunch at the Temple Square Hotel by myself, I gave a tract to the
waitress when she took my order. This gives the Holy Spirit a chance
to begin working in their hearts. It is much better than leaving a
tract with the tip.
Shortly she brought my iced tea. Later she brought the salad. Finally
she brought the meal. As I was eating she came and just stood at the
table. I looked up at her and she said, " I read your little paper."
With a smile I said, "Wonderful." Then she said, "I didn't know that."
Not knowing what she meant, I asked, "You did not know what?"
She did not cry but her eyes filled up and she said,
"I did not know that Jesus suffered for my sins." I lost my appetite
for eating and got hungry for feeding.
Tingling all over and singing inside, I said, "Oh kind lady, He really
did, for you see we are all in the same boat, we have all sinned and
come short of the glory of God. God said the 'wages
of sin is death' but the good news is that the Lord Jesus suffered and
died for our sins, paid the debt in full and rose again so He could be
our living Savior. The whole issue is did Jesus pay the debt of sin or
didn't He. If He did not then we must pay for our sins and the wages
of sin is death, separated from God forever. The Bible tells us
'while we were yet sinners Christ died for
our sins' and He rose again. Now God tells
us if we will receive the Lord Jesus as our personal Savior and call
upon Him to save us we will be born again, forgiven of our sins
forever. Does that make sense to you," I asked. Now with tears in her
eyes she said, "Yes, it does, I never heard
that before" and most have not.
Feeling assured she understood it, I asked, "Could you pray after me
right now and let God know you want to trust
and receive the Lord Jesus as your Savior too." With tears running
down her cheeks she gladly said yes.
I led her in prayer and she prayer after me, "Lord Jesus I know I have
sinned too. I am so ashamed. I believe you suffered and died for my
sins, paid the debt in full and rose again. Lord Jesus, I trust you
and receive you as my Savior and ask you to come into my heart and
give me a new birth so I can live for you."
When we finished I gave her John 3:36, "He that believes on the Son
has everlasting life" I asked if she believed on the Lord Jesus as her
Savior now and not her works or religion to save her. She assured me
she did and knew now she was saved. What a thrill. Of course I got her
name and address to give to a pastor to follow up. GOD DID THAT and
what a joy to be around when He does.