These truly are great days that we are living in. I have heard many
people say, they wish they were alive when the Apostles were preaching
the gospel of Christ 2000 years ago, but I believe the great Apostles
that God used wish they were alive now in this day and time, because of
the great ways the gospel is reaching the world. Never get discouraged
about life's problems because God has placed you and I in this time for
a reason and that is to get His message of Love and Salvation out to
all who will hear.
This is a good story that blessed and encouraged me to know that once I
follow God's leading and do what He has called me to do, then He will take
care of the rest and work in those people's life. Always remember that
God's Word never returns void, but once planted in a persons heart, it
will grow and bring forth all that God has planned for that person.
I hope you enjoy the story.
THE STREET BUM
One night at a small church in Atlanta, Georgia, a man shared how he had
become a Christian while in Sydney, Australia. "I was at the street corner
in Kings Cross," the man began, "when I felt a tug on my sleeve. Turning,
I found myself face to face with a street bum. Before I could say
anything, the man simply asked me, "Mister, if you were to die tonight,
where would you spend eternity?' That question troubled me over the next
three weeks," the man continued. "I had to find an answer, and I ended up
giving my life to Christ."
The pastor of the Atlanta church was amazed that a man on a street corner
could have such an impact. But imagine his amazement when, three years
later, another man came to his church and gave an almost identical
testimony. He, too, had been at Kings Cross in Sydney when a derelict had
pulled on his sleeve and then asked him, "If you were to die tonight,
where would you spend eternity?"
This second man, also haunted by the street bum's question, eventually
sought and found an answer in Jesus.
Shortly after hearing the second testimony, the pastor of that small
church in Atlanta had to be in Sydney for a missions conference. On one of
his nights off, he went to Kings Cross to see if he could find the man who
had been mentioned at his church by two different people. Pausing on a
street corner to look for someone like the street bum he'd heard about, he
felt a tug at his jacket. He turned, and before the poor old man could say
anything, the pastor blurted out, "I know what you're going to ask me!
You're going to ask me if I were to die tonight, where would I spend
The man was stunned. "How did you know that?" he inquired. The pastor told
him the whole story. When he finished, the man started to cry. "Mister,"
he said, "10 years ago I gave my life to Jesus, and I wanted to do
something for Him. But a man like me can't do much of anything. So I
decided I would just hang out on this corner and ask people that simple
question. I've been doing that for years, mister, but tonight is the first
time Ever that I knew it did anybody any good."
God calls us not to be successful, but to be faithful in following where
He leads. We need to obey God even when we can't see whether it does any
good or makes a difference in someone else's life. I encourage you to
stay faithful to the Lord even when things don't make sense and be
sensitive to that still small voice because that is the Lord leading you
to where He wants you to be. (1 Kings 19:11-12)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 10:14-15 "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not
believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach,
except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them
that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!"
Luke 12:11-12 Jesus says "And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and
unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye
shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in
the same hour what ye ought to say."
Isaiah 55:6-7 "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him
while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man
his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy
upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon."
Psalm 118:4-6 "Let them now that fear the LORD say, that His mercy
endureth for ever. I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered
me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear:
what can man do unto me?"
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version.
In Christ Service,
Gods Work Ministry