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Living for the Lord

Such are the joys of evangelism. Sometimes we approach a stranger with the hope of offering Christ's promise of salvation, only to find God has beaten us there. It gives the stranger the opportunity to declare his own faith, which I know from experience feels pretty good.

One Sunday, Jake and I approached a young couple waiting for a bus. You could see the young man trying to remain civil, but he clearly didn't want any of whatever we were selling. He was a man of science, he said. Science only measures with what it can see and count. Jake's point was that with love, like the wind, you can plainly see the effects if not the thing itself, and love is a gift from God.

He wasn't buying any of it and they walked away as their bus pulled over to the curb.

I turned to the next person there, standing not twelve feet away. He had watched and heard every word of our conversation and knew exactly what I wanted to speak with him about. As I got within a few feet, he held up his hand to us - not to say "stop," but more like "hold on just a minute."

There was something he wanted us to see as he unrolled a brown paper grocery bag holding all of his possessions in the world. The paper bag was his luggage. Removing a tee shirt and a pair of shorts, he motioned for us to look into his bag. There at the bottom were his two Bibles. He smiled; we smiled. Then he took out a set of small note cards, each maybe 3 inches long and a half inch high, about 50 of them rubber banded together.

Home made flash cards. GENESIS 14:19-20, ROMANS 8:38-39, 2 CORINTHIANS 6:18, JOHN 3:16, PSALM 23, were passages he chose to commit to memory. This was a wonderful moment to share. He would read the card's scripture designation, "JOEL 2:32" and recite, "And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Flipping to the next flash card, another scripture and another recitation from memory." Pretty impressive.

"How did you come to this? Who brought you to Christ?" I wanted to know. He said that he had just gotten out of prison, that this was his first day of freedom after fourteen years inside. The Word of God was how he had spent his time in prison. He had plenty time in there. Fourteen years is how long you stay locked up after taking a life or committing multiple armed robberies.

"A lifer taught me about Christ," he explained. "He'll never get out. But he found the Lord inside and taught it to me," he said with respect.

Not only were the contents of this paper bag his only possessions, but the Words of God etched into his memory were his most valuable gifts to share.

1 Peter 2:9 … that you may declare that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.

1 Peter 3:15 Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

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