Just the other night I met a young man who stopped by as I was at the Street Church ministry. He was very high on drugs, fidgeting like mad, and was very emotionally agitated and depressed. After offering him some food to eat (he was starving and ate 3 bowls), this man revealed to me that he had actually been on his way to kill himself! He happened to see the ministry set up and (as I have seen before) was drawn over to it. Monty, a rock-solid volunteer and I, just kept telling him that Jesus loved him. We must have repeated this 20 times as he was eating. We could tell that it was slowly sinking in.
He allowed us to pray for him, and tears started pouring down his face. I talked to the young man for about 45 minutes. He felt that because of his many sins (he once knew about God and the Bible), God was angry with him for rejecting the truth and wouldn’t forgive Him. I told him that our God is a God of love, and that it wasn’t God who had turned His face from this man, but that we as men, have a tendency to turn our faces from God. The man had pointed to a passage in Hebrews that said that God couldn’t forgive him because he had turned away. Thankfully, I had been led to read and listen to the book of Hebrews perhaps five times in a row during the previous week… no other book! So I simply told him that He hadn’t read far enough into Hebrews yet, and smiled at him.
By the end of our conversation, the man had been filled up with food, truth and hope. He looked practically sober after this street meeting and so after one last prayer and a hug, I edified him just a little more and sent him on his way. I invited him to come back any time he wanted, maybe even to help others.
There is a war raging for the souls of men. People are perishing for a lack of knowledge. All they seem to have is loneliness as a result of a world that doesn’t really care. Because of our neglect, evil fills the void. Our job is to get out there and be like Jesus. The world needs the truth about God so badly right now! The hardest part sometimes is simply walking outside of our front doors and meeting up with these lost wanderers.