Divine Encounter: The S/x Shop Worker

As I was running to catch my bus, I could not help but notice the man standing in front of the s/x shop. Certainly this man was in great need, and did not know the Lord. That, I was certain. I walked over to the man and started a conversation with him.

“Are you the owner?” I asked him.

“No,” he said.

“Do you work here?” I then asked him.

“Yes,” he said.

I decided not to talk about the s/x shop at all, and got straight to the point.

“Do you believe in God?” I said to him.

“I believe in some sort of higher power,” he responded.

“Well,” I said, “It’s obvious there’s a higher power.”

The man nodded in agreement. I went on.

“That’s a nice watch you have there,” I said. The man proudly agreed. I said, “It’s really nice.” And yes, it was a nice watch indeed. This was a great illustration of the Creator. “If I said that watch just came out of nowhere, you would think I was crazy.” The man agreed. “Even as a watch must have a watchmaker, it’s obvious that we ourselves have a Maker. Just look at the human eyeball, or Creation, it is much more complicated than a watch.” The man was in full agreement with me. It looked like we were on the same page. I continued. “The One who made all this,” I said, “we call God.” The man seemed to be drinking it all in.

“Have you heard of Jesus Christ dying for you on the cross?” I said.

“Yes, but I’m not sure if I believe it,” he responded.

I said, “Well, there was man just like you, who was a lawyer, and he also did not believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross. So he set out to prove that He did not, in fact, die on the cross. This man’s name was Josh McDowell.” Do you know what happened?

“He came back empty-handed?” the man responded.

“He was not able to prove it. Instead, he found that there was overwhelming evidence to support that Jesus really did die on the cross. This man today speaks to people about Jesus.”

As I kept talking, I knew that time was ticking away and that I might miss my commute from Montreal to Ottawa. The next bus was leaving in 2 more hours. But I sensed the Lord saying, “Wait,” So I just waited and kept talking to him. I had in my backpack a few CDs of sermons that I wanted to give the man. I pulled them out and gave them to him. I said, “Do you have a pen?” He said, “Yes,” and went inside the s/x shop to get one.

I knew that my time was ticking away quickly, and that I might miss the bus. Possibly I could just run into that s/x shop myself and get that pen, but I didn’t want to do that! What if someone saw me? Also, there was dirty stuff in that store. It was better to not even think about stepping inside.

I waited patiently as the man stepped inside to get the pen. I wanted to give him my website address so he could watch some videos. This man’s life was way more important than a bus ride. Besides, I could catch the next bus. This was not a life-and-death issue for me, but it was a life-and-death issue for this man! It was an eternal life issue with this man, for the Bible says, “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ” (Romans 6:23). I wanted this man to have eternal life. Also, I did not have it in my heart to rush him. So he sauntered into the store, and sauntered back out again. He passed me the pen, and I jotted down my website address. I implored him to please watch the four videos on the front (these include 180, a Ray Comfort film of about 35 minutes, which has been seen by around 5 million people, and that everyone should watch. It is incredible). The man said, yes, he would watch them.

Then I said, “What is your name?”

He said, “John” (not his real name).

I said, “John, the Lord loves you. He knows all about you. He knows your thoughts.” I said to him, “Did you who Jesus condemned the most?”

“Who?” John said.

“It was the religious leaders of His day. Do you want to know what He said to them?”

“OK,” John said.

“He used a word called ‘Woe!’ which means ‘Judgment!’ These religious leaders were called Scribes and Pharisees. He said to them, ‘Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees. For you travel land and sea to make a single convert, and when you do, you make him twice as much a child of hell as you already are!'” (Matthew 23:15)

Then I said to John, “John, do you think if Jesus was here today, He also might find fault with the religious leaders of our day?”

“Yes,” John said.

“I think you’re right,” I commented. “I think He would find great fault indeed. Do you know who Jesus loved? He loved the tax-collectors, who cheated people, and He also loved the prostitutes, and He also loved the drunkards.”

“However,” I said to John, “of course, He did not like what they did.”

“Jesus loves you,” I said to John. “Jesus knows every thought you have. Do you know that in the Bible, it says that Jesus knew their thoughts? He would respond to people according to their thoughts. He did not even need to speak to them. Jesus knows everything about you. And He has a plan for you.”

Before I left, I quietly whispered in John’s ear a little secret that was only to be shared between me and John, because I was not there to put John to shame. I was there to love him. I quietly whispered into his ear, with my hand help up to my mouth, so it really was private, “Of course,” I said to John, “Jesus doesn’t want you working at a s/x shop.”

“Yes,” John said. “I know it’s wrong. “I’m trying to find another job.”

I said, “Jesus is going to help you find another job. In the Bible,” I said to John, “it says that if you search for God with your whole heart, you will find Him. God wants you to find Him.” I also warned John about some of the churches of today. I said to John, “You will need to read your Bible carefully. I’m not going to tell you all the churches are good, because they are not. But here’s my website address (www.faithnet.ca). Please listen to those sermons, because they are good sermons.” I was referring to the two sermons I had given to him on CD, just before he went into the s/x shop to get the pen. I scribbled down my website address, and was on my way.

I had made a new friend, John. What a lovely character this person was, if only he knew Jesus. There is great hope for John, and many more like him, if we will just share with them the good news, like Jesus wants us to.

I quickly glanced at my watch and only had a few minutes to make it to the bus stop! Would I make it?

Find out what happened next in Divine Encounter: The Taxi Driver.