Saturday, October 28, 2006

Indirect Direction

JD came up to the literature table at the very beginning of the semester. He saw the sign, knew what we were all about by the literature and Bibles on the table, and delved in. "Excuse me, but can I ask you a question? I heard a sermon about hell the other day and it disturbed me. Can you tell me how I can keep from going there?" Jeff spent about an hour with JD, explaining the basics and beauty of salvation. JD had heard this before and even said that he had tried it, but it didn't seem to work for him.

For the next few weeks, JD would frequent the literature table, Jeff would answer his questions and encourage him. About two weeks ago, Joe came by the table again and I was there to meet him. He told us that a friend had invited him to church that past weekend and that he had given it all over to Christ. He thanked Jeff for his patience, his teachings, and his prayers. He knew that he would not be going to hell....he knew that he had purpose in life and that he was indeed loved by God.

As JD and Jeff hugged, I was struck with the beauty of this moment. Jeff did not do the reaping, he only had a big part in the sowing. Whether we plant, water, or's all to the glory of God and the eternal good of that precious soul.

I imagine that JD will be back with more questions -- and Jeff will be there for him. Arms and Bible wide open!!