How many people a day do you talk to because of your job or hobbies? Who do you talk to at the gym? At the market, maybe there’s a cashier you playfully chide with every time you go in. We have at any given point 100 or more people that we are in some kind of relationship with. As an example; there’s a young man who works at publix. He is the guy the cooks food at their little booth. Those of you who know me could probably guess that I frequent that area of the grocery store quite often. I’m always excited to see what he’s cooking that day. I usually grab the recipe card and give it a whirl that same night. I have an ongoing relationship with him. We always acknowledge each other when passing and ask the right “how you doing?” questions. I don’t know his name, but we talk at least once a week.
I’m waiting patiently for the day when God allows the right opportunity to gain entrance into this guy’s life. The time will come, I’m sure of it… the question is when. Some relationships need to be nurtured before they can fully develop. Never underestimate a friendly dialog between you and someone you barely know.
Case in point: A gentleman called me on Saturday looking for a wedding photographer (My wife and I, along with my sister own http://www.lapaixphotography.com). We weren’t talking for 5 minutes before the subject of God and church arose. Every moment of my life I am looking for an opportunity to talk about my God. He’s so amazing, so wonderful that I can’t not talk about Him. I started sharing stories about my church. I feel that my church is the greatest church in the world… if you don’t feel the same way about your church – you are in the wrong church. I told him about my Pastor, about my men’s group, about our worship. I told him about the move of the Holy Spirit in our church and how blessed I feel to be a part of it. He stopped me at one point and said, “You are really fired up about your church, I might have to check it out.”
Lo and behold, yesterday morning he and his fiance showed up! You often hear, “I’ll check it out.” or “Maybe I’ll stop by some time” but how rare and beautiful it is when it actually happens! The man came up front when Pastor asked if anyone wanted to dedicate or rededicate their life to Christ. Again, there they were! Hand raised, no hesitation… straight to the front to reignite their passion for Jesus. It was an awesome morning. My wife and I had the pleasure of being able to bring them and the three others who dedicated their lives to the side room to offer a bible and a word of prayer.
After our little get together and a word of prayer, the couple stayed behind to talk to us. The man mentioned that this morning was the perfect message for him. He believed his heart was fully after God, but circumstance had stifled his passion. PASSION! He needed the spark to keep going. He needed rekindling.
This was an amazing testimony to what God will do if you allow yourself to be a vessel. If you allow every conversation to be a doorway for the Lord to work through you. I’m so blessed to serve a God who allows me to be a part of life-changing, giant-killing moments like this one. Was this couple on their way to hell? No. But they lost the zeal and the fervor for God that they once knew. Let yourself be a mouthpiece for God. Allow him to wear you like a glove.
It’s amazing what God will do through you if you let Him!
1 A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,
but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.
2 From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things,
but the unfaithful have a craving for violence.
3 He who guards his lips guards his life,
but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.
4 The sluggard craves and gets nothing,
but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
5 The righteous hate what is false,
but the wicked bring shame and disgrace.
6 Righteousness guards the man of integrity,
but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
7 One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
8 A man’s riches may ransom his life,
but a poor man hears no threat.
9 The light of the righteous shines brightly,
but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.
10 Pride only breeds quarrels,
but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
11 Dishonest money dwindles away,
but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart-sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
13 He who scorns instruction will pay for it,
but he who respects a command is rewarded.
14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
turning a man from the snares of death.
15 Good understanding wins favor,
but the way of the unfaithful is hard.
16 Every prudent man acts out of knowledge,
but a fool exposes his folly.
17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,
but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.
18 He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame,
but whoever heeds correction is honored.
19 A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
but fools detest turning from evil.
20 He who walks with the wise grows wise,
but a companion of fools suffers harm.
21 Misfortune pursues the sinner,
but prosperity is the reward of the righteous.
22 A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children,
but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.
23 A poor man’s field may produce abundant food,
but injustice sweeps it away.
24 He who spares the rod hates his son,
but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.
25 The righteous eat to their hearts’ content,
but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.