"Good afternoon. I'm Jeff Carlisle calling on behalf of U.S. Bank and I want to offer you a low interest Visa with a balance transfer option."
And so began a wonderful conversation about the Gospel with a complete stranger. I listened and answered his questions. Then I asked him, "Jeff, I have listened patiently to all you have to say and am going to have to decline your offer. However, may I ask you a few questions since I answered yours?"
"Certainly." he said.
I asked him, "What do you think happens when you die? Do you think you go to heaven or hell?"
He said, "I don't really know. I would hope heaven." I took him through law and grace but as I was, my heart started pounding and I started sweating. I was so nervous! I never have this happen when I speak face to face with others. I was afriad he would hang up before I could get to what Christ did for us.
He was very polite and wasn't agitated but I guarantee, he was NOT expecting a call like this! LOL!
As I concluded, I told him now that he understands what sin is, confess it to God and place his faith in the Lord Jesus. I then told him to repent from his sins. I always explain the difference between worldly sorrow and Godly sorrow. Then I encouraged him to read the Bible and do what it says. When I asked if he had a Bible he said he did not!
I encouraged him to buy one and start with something called the New Testament in a book called John. I told him they are everywhere and has been the all time best seller. He said he would do that and would definitely give our conversation some thought. He did not sound moved only awakened.
He was the first American I have ever spoken to that did not own a Bible, had not heard of Jesus, nor had any clue what happens after death. Most people I talk to have a basic knowledge of what they are supposed to do but just don't do it.
What a privilege that God allowed this guy to call! I pray for God to bring the harvest from the seed planted in the soil of a properly tilled heart.
Never let an opportunity to share the Gospel be eclipsed by your schedule. If you're eating dinner and they call, so what? That's why we have microwaves. Most appointments that we run out the door for truly would be OK if we were a few minutes late. I understand that picking children up for school and having to arrive by a certain time is sometimes necessary. But, if we are truly honest, we will acknowledge that our lives are not THAT busy that we don't have 5 minutes to plant a seed.