“Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. 9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.” (Matthew 22:8-10)
The phone rang. It was Peter again (not his real name). I had just spoken to him a few minutes back, sensing the Lord prompting me to call him. Our call had been quite short — I had not sensed that the Lord wanted me to do anything in particular except really greet him, and let him know that I was thinking about him. Now he had decided to call me back, just minutes later. He was concerned as to why I had given him my telephone number a few weeks back at the grocery store. He was concerned, that maybe, I wanted “something” from him (or out of him). He was calling, “just to make sure.”
Peter spoke, “Are you, well, …. I just want to know. You know, I’m a guy and all that, and, well, you’re a guy, too, and, well, I’ve never had anyone give me his phone number before. So, you see, I just want to know … well, we live in a strange world, you know, and I don’t want to offend you, but, I was just wondering if …”
“You wanted to know why I gave you my telephone number a few weeks back?” I replied.
“Well, yes, I mean, I don’t want to offend, but I was wondering if …”
There was liberty in the air — that was from the Holy Spirit, for where the Spirit is, there is liberty. This was not a time to be “shy” or “reserved.” This was a divine appointment! So I took every opportunity I could get. It was rare that someone called me like this. God had set this up, I was sure. I just let the words flow freely, unreservedly, so that God’s Spirit could flow through me.
“I’m a Christian, you know,” I said. Peter knew that. After all, I had made that clear when I met him the first time, at the grocery store. But now I had to confirm it to him again. The devil was trying to challenge my motives and “mess” things up.
“Well, so am I am,” Peter freely shared over the phone. I don’t go to church and all, but I still believe in God. That’s okay, you know. You can be a Christian and still not go to church,” Peter exclaimed.
God was doing his work. Peter was speaking. And he was speaking a lot. I tried to keep track of where God was going in all of this. I think I “had” the Holy Spirit with me. Yes, I “knew” I had Him. He was with me, guiding me through this conversation! It was great! (Like a roller coaster ride.) “Lord, wherever you are leading, take me there!” was my inner heart response. “Let Peter speak, and please, help me to get to the heart of why you have put him on the other end of the line! Help me to share with him the gospel!” And that is exactly what I did, unreservedly, for about 20 minutes. It was a wonderful conversation. God had used Peter’s “fear” of just exactly what my motives were in approaching him that day to actually help him.
By the end of the conversation, I said to Peter, “Peter, I’d like to drop off some stuff for you that I think you’d like to read. Would that be okay?”
“Sure,” Peter replied. There was much less reservation now. During that 20 minutes, we talked about heaven, eternal life, saving faith, the importance of studying the Bible and of being born again, how people who love Jesus really love to share their faith, and of the fact that there is only one way to get to God, not many. I’m sure there was enough “stuff” there for God to use! On top of that, Peter shared with me, “You know, I met a man like you once, and he gave me a Bible.”
“Have you read it yet?” I asked him.
“Oh no,” Peter responded. But I still have it.
“Peter,” I said, “you need to read it. And you need to find a good church where you’ll meet people your age with whom you can get together to study the Bible so you can know what God requires of you. He wants to make your life into something beautiful. He wants to satisfy that inner desire inside of you, that he has put there. You can do it, but you must have Christ living inside of you for that to be able to happen!”
And so, the Lord’s work was done — for now. Graciously, Peter said goodbye, and hung up the phone, and another soul was ministered to.
“Lord, do it again in our day. Wake up all of the people around us, whether they be people we meet at the grocery store, people we meet on the street, people we just “bump into” while waiting for a bus, or anyone else for that mattter!”