I know that the Holy Spirit goes before and behind us in our evangelistic efforts. It is such a comfort to know that we do not witness alone.
I travelled out of town this weekend for a family wedding. It was the typical story- drive to the hotel, check in, etc. With nineteen family members staying on one floor of the Fairfield Inn, we had created a bit of interaction with the gentleman at the front desk. Joe was his name.
After we had completed check in, I began to witness to him. “Joe,” I said. “I want to ask you the most important question anyone can ask you. If you died tonight, do you know where you would spend eternity?”
His initial response question was about his physical body or his spirit. It was a valid question, and I told him I wanted to know about his soul. He said he was going to float around in the clouds and hang out with some people. Needless to say, the answer did not suffice. I talked to him about the two options: heaven or hell. I asked him by what means he thought he was going to heaven. With every question, he danced around every answer and accused me of not asking the right questions. It turned out his mother was a reverend, but his inability to directly tell me the gospel was alarming. I laid it out in a straightforward manner.
Meanwhile, another guy, Chris, walked up and asked what we were talking about. I handed him a tract too. He said he had been saved for eight years, but in the next breath got onto me for supposed solicitation and handed me back the tract. It is always interesting to see how offended certain people that claim to be Christians are at hearing the gospel. It’s a strong reminder how much we need to preach the gospel to ourselves and how much we need to thank those who preach it to us.
I only hope that Christ was glorified as His message was spread. May those seeds of truth be carried before and behind by the work of the Holy Spirit.