Wherever you go, people are hungry for God. Oh, they may not always show it, but don’t be deceived. Just last week, I was swimming, and I went into the sauna by the side of the pool. I couldn’t stand the silence in that place, and, sensing my accountability before God, I simply broke the silence by asking the following question to the four others who were there:
“So, how many people here are going to heaven when they die?” I asked.
A man replied clearly, “I think we all want to go to heaven when we die. The problem is, not knowing until when we get there whether or not we will get in.”
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. The perfect opening.
How many times have we missed openings like this, because we were too scared to open our mouths? It’s time to speak up. I answered the man — and the three others there, by saying, “Well, actually, the Bible says that the reason Jesus Christ came was in order to take our punishement on the cross. And simply by believing in him, can we be assured of our pardon before God. He gave his life for us, so that we might live through him.”
My audience was “captive.”
I sense the Lord saying to me, “Don’t speak another word, otherwise, it would be pushing it.” Having been obedient to His leading, it was now the Holy Spirit’s job to do the convicting. After all — and I have made this mistake many times — it is not up to us to convict. We speak his word in obedience. He then convicts, and brings others to saving faith in him. That is the way it works. It always has. It always will. Jesus said, “No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him.” (John 6:44)
The silence that followed was wonderful. It was wonderful, because I had not been afraid to give the word. I could “sit back” as it were, and let the Holy Spirit do the rest. In the remaining 1 minute that we were all together (for the four others quickly dispersed after that), I did not say another word. Who knows but that “that word” would be the catalyst to bringing one or more of them to Christ, through another word that another Christian would deliver to them in the hours, or days, or weeks to follow?
And then, as I continued to enjoy the sauna — for I did not sense it was time to get up yet — a lone man walked in. With him, I simply told him point blank as he walked in the door, “I am a Christian. How about you?” We had a wonderful conversation after that point, I found out that he also worked at the same company as I did, and I was able to point him to our website here at FCET.
God bless you all. Keep up the good work that you are doing in passing God’s word along. Salvation is free. And it is not by our works that we shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. But the Bible also makes it clear that God is faithful, and will reward each one of us according to our deeds. What that may mean is left up to God. But, as for me, I don’t want to miss out on a thing. And, besides, is not the rejection that we may face from the few worth it, compared with the acceptance which we will one day gain from the many?