I got saved when I was eight years old, but I didn’t start living for The Lord until I was thirty three. Yes, I realize how hard headed I am. Was I truly saved at age eight, or did I go to the altar because all the other kids went? I don’t know. All I know is, now, I’m sure I’m saved!
Steve, my husband, had never given his heart to Jesus. Our son,Tucker, was thirteen then and he would tell his dad, “Dad, if you don’t get saved, you’re going to hell!” Tuck never was one to beat around the bush. He may as well have been shouting TURN OR BURN! I’ve always found that to be a great way to present the Gospel. Not! 🙂
I remember when the movie The Passion Of The Christ came out, the church we were attending at the time, rented the movie theater and we all watched it together. At the end of the movie there was an altar call. Tucker was grabbing his dad by the arm, trying to pull him to the alter. “Dad, I’m telling you, you’re going to go to hell if you don’t get saved! Come on! Get saved!”
I thought to myself, “one day this young man will reach a lot of people for Christ! Despite the struggles Tucker’s having now, I still believe that! God doesn’t waste anything! I just hope God helps him develop just a tad more tact.
Steve didn’t go to the altar that night. He gently told Tuck that he wasn’t ready. It wasn’t long though before, a very private Steve, gave his heart to Jesus. Not in a church service, or at the movies, but when he and The Lord were alone together. To this day, thankfully, he’s never looked back.
God reaches all of us in different ways. Some of us have to have a spiritual butt kicking to realize we need Him. Some come to Him by watching others. Some have to hit rock bottom, and some have to be told TURN OR BURN!
Here’s what I know. Everyone needs Jesus, and everyone receives Him differently. Be tactful when sharing the gospel. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your words. Sometimes, He may have you stay quiet. Whichever way God’s telling you to witness, just do it!
Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it! 1Corinthians 9:21-23 The Message