My wife and I were returning to Los Angeles from a weekend trip to San Diego. As we passed through Laguna Beach, which has a thriving artist community, we decided to stop for a while. I had my paint kit with me, as I almost always do, so I found a scenic spot overlooking the ocean to paint en plein air.
Soon, a man and lady stood at a distance watching. When I greeted them, the lady came over to take a closer look. We chatted for a while, then I turned the conversation toward God. When I asked her if she knew Jesus, she said “Yes”, then abruptly turned and walked away.
I thought of an occasion many years earlier when I had taken a walk at Redondo Beach, a suburb of Los Angeles. I was strolling on the pier when a bearded ‘hippie-looking’ man approached me and asked,
I answered “Yes”, then just like the lady, I quickly got away from that ‘religious freak’.
That simple question burned in me for longer than a year until I invited Jesus into my life. The brief encounter on the pier taught me a very important lesson about soul winning…Sometimes it only takes a few words spoken to a person for God to begin to work in their life. I’ve also learned that there’s nothing wrong about being called a ‘religious freak’ if helps someone find eternal life in Christ.
Have you spoken a few words on behalf of Christ to anyone recently?