What do you do when the person you start sharing your faith with is already a Christian? You want to make the most of every opportunity; you can’t just let the guy go… can you? After all, God had you stop this person for a reason, right?
A janitor was driving by in his little broom-mobile when I stopped him with some Giant Money. He accepted it gladly and was more than happy to show off his hard-earned raise. (Remember, California schools are cash-strapped, having to pay all that tax money to the Governator so he can gas up his private jet… but I digress….)
I asked him the Big money question: “If you were to die today, would you go to Heaven or Hell?”
He cheerfully replied that he would go to Heaven because he trusted in His Lord, Jesus Christ.
“What church do you go to?”
He told me the name of his church and actually knew the name of his pastor. Instead of saying goodbye and walking away, I asked how I could pray for him.
“I want to stop smoking,” he replied, pointing to his pipe.
Laying my hand on his shoulder I asked that God would deliver him from his tobacco habit. He nodded his head in agreement. After we both said “Amen,” I asked him another question: “Are you really serious about stopping smoking?”
“Yes, I am.”
“Then give me your pipe right now and I’ll throw it away.”
To my amazement, and without hesitation… he did!
“No sense asking God to help and not doing all that we can do,” I encouraged.
I tossed it in the trash…
…turning his pipe dream into answered prayer.
I ain’t blowing no smoke neither!