Last night I stood in line behind a man who’d obviously had too much to drink. He was loud and flirting with all the girls behind the counter. He seemed to be a ‘happy drunk’ at least. He turned around and started spilling words on me. I stood quietly looking at him; silently praying for him.
Then a conversation started that went like this:
Him: “Why are you looking at me like that?”
Me: “Because you’re talking to me and I’m listening?”
Him: “Tell you what I’m going to do, I’m going to pay for your order.”
Me: “Thank you. That’s thoughtful, but not necessary.”
Him: “No, I insist. You know why? Cause I’m a kind hearted guy and my mom always told me what goes around comes around.”
Me: “Well, Amen to that. Your mom is right. Mom’s usually are (I smiled). But those are actually the words of Jesus. He said, ‘What you sow, you reap.’ Same thing.”
Him: Don’t Amen me now. I ain’t going to church on Sunday.
Me: “You should. It would be a great place for you to be. Sit your butt in church instead of on a bar stool.” (I smiled again. So did he.)
Him: “OK, so order. I’m paying.” (He let me move ahead of him in line)
Me: Alright then, I’ll let you. The money you spend on me will be one less beer you buy and you’ll be blessed besides.”
I ordered. He paid. I thanked him. He stayed a few more minutes talking to everyone who came in and waved to me when he left. As I ate my sandwich wrap and drank my tea, I prayed He would be overwhelmed by the love of Father God and his life changed forever.
Jesus told us to go into all the world and spread the Good News and the good news is, we don’t need a platform, audience or microphone to do it. We just need to listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit as we encounter people out in our world, the places we move through as we do life. We are to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).
So what is truth?
One man, Pontus Pilot, asked Jesus this question. The answer was standing right in front of him and like most of us, he didn’t ‘get it.’
Jesus said to him, “I AM the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
And what is love? “God is love” 1 John 4:8.
He doesn’t just give love, His entire being, nature and character consists of love. Love is who and what He IS.
Share The Truth and The Love with someone today? And ask the Spirit to help you do it, not with an attitude or an ‘I-know-better-than-you’ self righteousness, but in the truth and love of Jesus Christ. It’s fun! And you never know what a planted seed might later produce in someone’s life.