2 Corinthians 2:15-16 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
It was in the late 1990’s and we were living in a small apartment. When I needed to do laundry I would take my shopping cart and walk a couple of blocks to the laundromat. I always carried tracts with me wherever I went “just in case” and one day an opportunity presented itself at the laundromat. Al.
Al was an elderly man, and I felt a strong prompting to give him a tract, but I resisted. I was silent, and I left without saying a word!
When I got home I felt bad. I prayed to the Lord and asked Him to please put that man before me again so that I could witness to him. Not long after, as I was crossing the street near my home, lo and behold there was the man from the laundromat, crossing in the opposite direction. I engaged him in conversation somehow, and I learned that his name was Al, he was a retired lawyer, and he was Jewish. I offered him a This Is Your Life Chick Tract. He took it.
After that encounter my husband and I would see Al at the laundromat from time to time. Al said he read the tract that I gave him, and that it scared him some. (Scared him in a good way.)
We became his friends. He even came to an evangelical outreach with us one night.
When we moved we kept in touch with Al. One night he called us but we weren’t home. He left a friendly message on our answering machine, saying something to the effect that he wasn’t a particularly religious person. We were always talking about the Lord with Al, therefore the reason for the message he left.
The next time we called Al a relative answered the phone. We were told that Al had died, suddenly, unexpectedly. We were heartbroken.
Al received a clear Gospel message from us, and we showed him God’s love.
Ephesians 4:14-15 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.