I had to check my heart. Why am I telling people the Gospel? It got to the point that I had to have a BIG story every week so the readers of this E-mail would stay interested. The motivating force behind my evangelistic efforts were becoming people-driven and not necessarily God-pleasing. I had to remind myself that the “little boring” stories count too…
As I was buying tomatoes from John at the Farmer’s Market he told me he was 84 years old.
I stated, “You don’t have that many more years left. Have you thought about where you will go when you die? It’s really important.”
He thought that he might be going to Heaven, but wasn’t sure. So I told him the Gospel, and handed him the book of John.
He laughed and said, “It’s named after me!” He said that he would read it as he handed me my tomatoes.
A few days later, I asked the owners of an Arco station (May and Ben), if they were going to Heaven or Hell as I paid for my gas.
May said, “Hell. Because that’s where all the fun people are.”
Ben replied, “Where would I like to go? I don’t know.”
“Really? I asked incredulously, “Believe me, you want to go to Heaven, I know I’m going there! You know how?” Ben answered, “How?” (May was ignoring me.) “Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried for three days and rose again. If you believe in Him as payment for your sins you get to go. Have you ever lied once?”
As I explained what sin was, I handed him a Gospel of John as a line of customers was forming.
Everyone ignored me as I was leaving.
By: Pastor Steve Sanchez