I don’t quite know how to begin this so I can fully articulate what it is I feel.
Whilst completely a form with a tenant who was so drunk, I asked him about his religion. He replied I don’t have one and the closest thing on the form was ‘atheist. He however said, he was definitely not atheist as he believed there was something out there. He said he believed this was training/testing ground for when we die. He said, this can’t be it! When we die, our spirit and soul must go somewhere. I looked at this man and thought, God please save him. He said he goes to the chapel at the mental health hospital because people leave you alone there, not like those big churches where they always want to tell you their opinion and everyone has something to say.
My time with me, helped me understand why Jesus said the harvest is plenty. Harvest means the seed has already been sown, they are literally just waiting for the well equipped laborer to come. A drunk white British between 31-40 man showed me that, I continue to pray for him and ask the Lord for an opportunity to speak to him but more importantly for him to come to Christ and be delivered from every oppression of the devil.
On the way back home from work, my internet was not working properly, so I was subjected the background noise of the train and my fellow passengers. However, one conversation, without my permission went straight to my heart, squeezing my heart to the point where I was uncomfortable to sit.
Two young black guys, within the 17-25 age group were discussing what potential sentence a person caught with class A drugs would get, what happened the last time one was caught, how it would be the first time for another. Now I am no expert on drugs but I know class A drugs means something pretty serious. On doing a bit of research into it, I found out that class A drugs are deemed the most dangerous therefore carry the harshest punishments, these include heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and LSD.
Where in the world would they get it from?
The more I listened to their conversation, it became clear that they were not discussing a friend, or a case they heard on the news, THIS WAS THEIR REALITY!!
I kept thinking, ‘will I just allow them get off the train, to continue this way!’ Then I thought ‘what will I say’ They looked like my younger brothers, somebody’s son, a future husband, father etc.. my heart broke.
No sooner I found myself in front of them, though one of the guys was not surprised he said he saw me looking at them and looking away. They were soooo polite! The only question I could as was ‘WHY?’
They needed no further explanation, the gist of their reason was ‘This is all we know!’
This may sound like a cliche but then he said ‘its like if you have been raised in the church, you are more likely to go that way’.
I asked is there no other way, they admitted there was, one said he goes to church but it didn’t work for him, the other said ‘I’m muslim’. That he was muslim did not stop me or him from carrying on with the conversation.
All I could see was how the devil has soo blinded them from the truth, so bound in a false reality. They do not know who they are, who they were created to be and the devil was winning over them that way.
They were ready to admit they could not help themselves, in the little time I had, I was able to tell them that Jesus did not expect them to change themselves but that they should come as they were and Jesus would do the change in them that was needed. I told them there was a better way and the only way to Life is Jesus. I gave them my number which is one the church flyer but told them they should not feel pressured to come to church but they need to keep coming to God and to call the number or txt me so I can keep praying for them and with them.
The devil so far has been showing them the wide gate, full of compromising, self centredness, fornication, idolatory, witchcraft, drunkeness etc, the easy way that leads to destruction, but the narrow Way he blinds them from.
It dawned on me, somewhere at the back of our minds we think people in that world know better, they know that they have a choice and to some extent I agree. But there are also those who although they know better and know they have a choice but don’t KNOW THE WAY!! You are the light of the WALL, shine to show the narrow Way, is the ONLY WAY that leads to life!
That’s where we come in, WELL IF YOU ARE BORN AGAIN! YOU KNOW THE WAY!
THE DISCIPLES KNEW THE WAY (JESUS) BUT THEY WERE TO GO THE WAY SO THEY COULD SHOW THE WAY. IN THE BOOK OF ACTS, THE DISCIPLES WERE KNOWN AS ‘FOLLOWERS OF THE WAY’ (ACTS 9:2, ACTS 24:14)
Its not enough to point out their sins, if you are truly concerned about the way they are going, ask the Lord to help you show the more excellent way.
No one can follow the Way, You need the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, Peter wanted to follow Jesus all the way to death but he couldn’t, however, when the Holy Ghost came upon Him and the other disciples, they could no longer deny Christ even at the point of death.
‘As many as received Him to them He gave the power to become SONS OF GOD’- (John 1:12) IT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT BARES WITNESS WITH OUR SPIRIT THAT WE ARE THE SONS OF GOD.
BUT IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO BE A FOLLOWER OF THE WAY, WE ARE TO ALSO SHOW THE WAY.. THE BIBLE CALLS US TO BE WITNESSES… WITNESSES OF THE WAY.
JUST TO CLARIFY THE WAY IS JESUS
JOHN 14:6- ‘I AM THE WAY…’
THOSE THAT DON’T KNOW GOD ARE REFERRED TO AS LOST..TO BE LOST MEANS OUT OF THE RIGHT PATH OR RIGHT WAY..OUT OF CHRIST.. YOU AND I (BELIEVERS, FOLLOWERS OF THE WAY) ARE TO BE A WITNESS TO THE WAY.
IF YOU GO THE WRONG WAY LONG ENOUGH, YOU COULD END UP IN A PIT WITH EVERYTHING YOU WERE LOADED WITH FOR THE JOURNEY OF LIFE..EVERY POTENTIAL IN A DITCH,
THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE ON THE WRONG PATH… WE NEED TO BE WITNESSES, WE NEED TO CRY OUT TO GOD, TO HAVE MERCY ON THE LOST SOULS.. THAT THEY MAY SEE THE WAY AND GO THE WAY.
I LOVE JOHN 6:44 ‘NO MAN CAN COME TO ME, EXCEPT THE FATHER WHICH HATH SENT ME DRAW HIM’
GOD CAN DRAW THEM OUT OF THE WRONG PATH…THE WAY WILL LEAD THEM TO THE TRUTH AND GET THEM TO LIFE.
THE LOST SOUL MERELY EXITS, THEY RECEIVE LIFE WHEN THEY RECEIVE GOD.
WE HAVE BEEN ENTRUSTED WITH THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION.
I BELIEVE A LOT LESS PEOPLE WILL BE HELL BOUND IF WE DID WHAT WE WERE TO DO WHICH IS GO INTO THE WORLD AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF MEN… REDIRECTING THEM TO THE RIGHT WAY.
LUKE 1:7175 ‘ That we should be saved from their enemies and from the hand of them that hate us, to perform the mercies promised to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant. The oath which He sware to our father, Abraham, that He would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might ‘SERVE HIM WITHOUT FEAR, IN HOLINESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS BEFORE HIM, ALL THE DAYS OF OUR LIFE.
LUKE 1:77-79 ‘TO GIVE KNOWLEDGE OF SALVATION UNTO THE PEOPLE FOR THE REMISSION OF THEIR SINS, THROUGH THE TENDER MERCY OF GOD, WHEREBY THE DAYSPRING FROM ON HIGH HAS VISITED US, TO GIVE LIGHT TO THOSE THAT SIT IN DARKNESS AND IN THE SHADOW OF DEATH, TO GUIDE OUR FEET INTO THE WAY OF PEACE’
Necessity is placed on us! woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!