I met a man in Nashville while passing through a revolving door at an entrance to a downtown hotel. I smiled and greeted the man as he was exiting, and I was entering the hotel. Immediately the man turned around and followed me into the lobby to ask me a question. “Do I know you? Have we met before?” he asked.
“I don’t think so, but we may have a mutual friend,” I replied.
“Who would that be?”
“The Lord Jesus Christ, do you happen to know Him?”
Brief Encounters can Change Lives
Well, that brief encounter gave me the opportunity to engage the man in a spiritual conversation. He was familiar with the Gospel but had never personally become a follower of Jesus. He was obviously interested and open to the Lord, and we had the opportunity to share and pray together and he called on the Lord. I explained that he didn’t have to be in a church building or go through a long religious ritual to enter a relationship with Jesus. We discussed, from Romans chapter 10, what it means to confess, believe, and call on the Lord to be saved.
The Problem of Alienation and Separation
This man is like so many in world today; he was alienated and separated from God because of sin. We know from Scripture that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. He knew about Jesus, but just needed a little encouragement to respond to the Good News.
It seems that one of the big needs in the world today is for believers (followers of Jesus) to recognize that we are all ministers of reconciliation, as we are told in II Corinthians 5. We are representatives, ambassadors of Christ, and can be agents of change, every day, wherever we happen to be. We are indwelt by deity and equipped to be able ministers of the New Covenant.
The Problem of Loneliness
Loneliness is a common problem, especially in our modern Western world, where so many are living in isolation and a lack of community and companionship. Alienation and loneliness are causes of much anxiety and lack of connectedness. Research has shown that loneliness is a problem in marriages, relationships, families and even in churches. It has been described as social pain and has been a motivator for people to seek social connections. Having an awareness of that can be a big help in our efforts to witness and minister to others.
A Prepared Heart
I exchanged a few brief comments with a lady seated next to me on a flight to Central America. I mentioned that I worked with a mission organization called Living Water International and that we help people with clean water solutions and share the love of Jesus with some of the neediest people on earth.
Then she said to me, “Can I ask you a question”? I said, “Sure.” She asked, “What happens when a person dies?” Well, it turned out that her mother had passed away that morning, and she was on her way home to help with funeral arrangements. We talked for about an hour, and I was able to share and minister to her during that time of loss and pain.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Jerry Wiles