The sovereign work of God never ceases to amaze me. Truly as Jesus said, the Father is always at His work, even to this very day. I know the context of that (John 5:17) is speaking about Sabbath laws, nevertheless it still rings true. Let me explain.
Tonight, I went to the gym, washed my car and noticed that I needed gas. Now, I’m a bit particular these days about where I purchase my gas because of the varying prices. The gas station next to the carwash typically runs a bit higher than all of the other gas stations in my area, so I passed on going there. I decided on a particular gas station to go to and there are 3 of those within a 5 mile radius of the carwash.
I ended up going to the one probably the furthest away, but the easiest to get to based on the way the streets are laid out. As I pull into the gas station, I see this maroon Chevy Impala pull up bangin’ some rap music. As I am getting ready to pump my gas, I hear:
“Say man, you wanna check out some free music I’m promotin’?”
“What is it?”
“Typical dope music from the south.”
“What are they talking about?”
“Everyday life type of stuff. You know just trying to make it.”
“Nah, but let me tell you why I don’t want it. I’m a Christian and I don’t desire to listen to that.”
(I said this respectfully)
“Ah, that’s cool man. I understand. I go to church every Sunday.”
“Oh word? What’s your name?”
“Red.” (He had red hair)
“So tell me, what do you know about the gospel?”
As we begin to discuss the gospel and what it means to be forgiven, “Red” insisted that he’s good with God, how he lives moral life, etc. I explained to him that a truly forgiven person won’t attain perfection in this life, but that person will demonstrate fruits of repentance and no longer continually lives to please his flesh, but rather advance the kingdom of God. After 10 minutes of further dialogue he finally admitted that he isn’t a believer and he’s not ready to make that commitment.
“You know it’s funny that you bring this up. My boss at work always talks to me about this stuff, so it’s really strange that I walk up to you and you talk about this.”
“Red, can I give you some music?”
“Sure. That’s what’s up!”
I gave him a copy of the Before You Die music tract from Reach Records and wrote my phone number on it.
“Yo Red, if you ever want to chop it up, just call me and we can rap.”
Do you see the love of God in directing me to that gas station, the one furthest away, so “Red”could hear the gospel again? It reminds me of the route Jesus took on the way back to Galilee from Judea through Samaria. Jews typically avoided going through Samaria for many reasons, but John 4 tells us that he had to go through Samaria. Though there was no geographical necessity to travel through Samaria to Galilee from Judea, the Father had appointed a conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well that led to a harvest of conversions.
If you remember, please pray for the Lord to open “Red’s” eyes to his sin and the beauty of the cross!
Grace & Peace,