John 4:25-26 “The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.”
On average, a person will meet over ten thousand people in their lifetime.
Some of those ten thousand people will leave their mark on our lives. If we become as impressionable clay, they will press deeply and change who we are and what we will become.
I have had teachers who took an interest and aided me in loving science, music, and art. I have had mentors who guided me in the business world to show me how to excel personally and corporately.
Still, others have taught me invaluable lessons about relationships, interacting with people, and how best to get along.
There were others as well, whose influence was less than desirable. Because of our closeness, they influenced me to do things I have long regretted.
Then I met him.
I had made some awful choices. I had left a pregnant wife at home to take a coworker to a baseball game, which turned into a nightmare. The game was canceled due to snow, and we chose to make it a party instead of doing the responsible thing and calling it a night.
In the end, I escaped with my life but had lost a car, more money than I care to think, and the trust of the woman I love. I was scared, alone, and fearful of what I was becoming.
I prayed a silent prayer for help, and the answer was miraculous.
This man that I met was different in many ways. He read his New Testament openly before he began each workday. He was meticulous about honoring the authority he worked for and never spake badly about them. He held Bible studies on lunch hour and kept time to the minute.
After my accident, he invited me to lunch to talk.
This meeting was my “Meeting of a Lifetime.”
I came face to face with the truth. I saw myself in light of the Word of God plainly, and lovingly given. He pulled me into the light of God’s Word, and I was found wanting. I had a problem.
I had sinned—more times than I could remember. Now, I saw that each one was deserving of punishment, and the penalty was death in Hell. I did not readily place my trust then and there.
I struggled with a deep-rooted belief that my parent’s religion was all that I needed. What this man presented to me blew it to smithereens. I felt naked and exposed. I felt deeply indebted to my parents, yet, saw that it was Christ and Christ alone I needed to save me.
Two weeks went by. I could not shake the feeling. It began to haunt me until one night after a day of attending my second Bible study, I saw clearly – if I died, I’d go to Hell.
That played over and over in my heart to the place where after a sleepless night of tossing and turning, I woke like a zombie and somehow got myself to work. A woman commented as I entered work, “You look like hell.” I do not even remember if I responded. But, I did think again – that is where I’m going.
The time came for our afternoon break, a light came, and I saw clearly. The choice before me was this: choose Mom and Dad’s religion or trust Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. It was clear that religion could not save and believing only that would take me straight to Hell.
It was one or the other, not both.
I knew what I needed to do. I went out the door of my workplace and crawled underneath some nearby bushes and prayed, “Father, with what faith I have, I give it to you to trust Jesus Christ as my Savior.”
At that moment, that meeting changed my life forever.
I later found that the man that had led me to Christ had asked others to pray for me knowing the source of my struggle.
Today, I look back fondly and reverently on the time, the place, and the people used to bring the gospel home to my heart. I have had many special meetings since then.
But that one meeting will live eternally in my heart.
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Be a witness for Him today of the day you met Him.
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John 1:12-13 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”