A Christmas Witness
What’s precious to you? The answer that comes flowing out of our mouth is not always an indication to that which is sealed in the heart.
It was a cool and misty December evening in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore. I was passing out gospel tracts and struck up a conversation with a guy who was a former catholic. He asked me what I thought about sin. This was incredible! Here was someone who actually wanted to have a conversation about sin and judgement. He described the teaching he was brought up on and wanted to know how it compared with Christianity. Wow! Even more amazing.
As we progressed in our conversation I shared with this man God’s view of sin according to His word. He began to see how his sin required punishment and why this is reasonable. After all, our sin is against an all power and mighty God. I asked him, “Does it concern you if God gave you what you deserve you would end up in Hell.” His response took me by surprised at first. “Whoa, this what I came here for!” However, it was not the expectation of grace from God through repentance that filled him with overflowing excitement. To my dismay, it was a Christmas light show and fireworks that started up at the Inner Harbor’s famous Power Plant Live that did it. I have to admit it was a really entertaining show. You can watch it by clicking below and above. But what a reminder of how the pleasures of sin distract us. Remember the parable of the sower? The one hearer received the gospel but it was quickly choked out by thorns and weeds. I pray God has mercy on this man and that someone else can reach him. But with so little workers I’m afraid I may have been his last chance to hear the gospel. Be a Christmas witness and share the good news of Christ.
As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who, when they have heard, go on their way and are choked with worries, riches, and pleasures of life, and produce no mature fruit.Luke 8:14