By Tom Elie, Evangelist (Guest Post)
“God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 (MSG)
I was meeting with a lady who is a business client of my mom’s. She began to pour out her troubles to me, saying this time in her life was the lowest and most disappointing ever. She was experiencing a lot of unwanted change and was rather distraught over the circumstances in her life.
I asked, “How do you lift yourself out of these moments disappointment, and how do you keep from spiraling into despair?” She mentioned talking to her family who was in town and also her faith. I said, “Oh, do you have a strong faith in Jesus?” As we talked, it became evident she had a nominal faith at best, and wasn’t even sure she was going to heaven. So I asked her, “Could I share with you how the Bible says you can know for sure you are going to heaven someday?”
She was eager to listen to my ABCs… Admit I am a sinner; Believe Jesus is the only One who can forgive me and make me eligible for heaven; and Confess my sins to the Lord, asking Him to be the master of my life.
When done, I asked, “What would hinder you from praying those ABCs today?” She thought for a minute, and then said that nothing would really stop her. So I asked, “May I pray with you to do that right now?”
God had put me with her at the right time and the right place. This was her moment of tenderness and openness. So she agreed and I reached my hand to her, and we prayed together a sinner’s prayer.
When we were done, I looked up and saw she was weeping. God touched her heart!
There are people God connects you with who are open to change, because God has been drawing them to Himself. Sometimes you and I get to share that golden moment with them. If we are compassionate enough to actually connect with them, God can use us to greatly change their life!
Tom’s Tweet: There is nothing greater you can do for mankind than to help them meet their Creator, Savior, and best friend! All the angels in heaven agree.
Tom Elie is an evangelist and the president of Oasis World Ministries, located in the USA. His great passion for winning souls to Jesus flows from his heart and ministry. He has seen over a million people come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Tom believes we must be intentional about sharing our faith. Oasis is now training pastors in 20 countries, and equipping with our ONE MINUTE WITNESS faith-sharing tool, in which nearly one million people have now been trained. He has a heart to help pastors of all denominations equip their people to confidently share their faith without fear. You can find out more about Oasis World Ministries here.