“If I say, “I won’t mention Him or speak any longer in His name,”
His message becomes a fire burning in my heart, shut up in my bones.
I become tired of holding it in, and I cannot prevail.” Jeremiah 20:9
“My soul, praise Yahweh, and all that is in within me, praise His holy name.
My soul, praise the LORD, and do not forget all His benefits.” Psalm 103:1
I stood by the front door waiting for him to show up. We had talked a few times on the phone, but today was his first day on the job. I had hired him to paint a few rooms in the house for us. A silver truck pulled up a few moments later and out of it came an older man,
all white hair with an all-white mustache, wearing some worn jeans and a t-shirt. Brush in hand, he was ready to work.
As he spoke, his voice had a deep resonance that almost sounded like it was meant for an audiobook. His name, Junior.
The first few days we didn’t talk much, at least I didn’t try to—but what I did notice about him is that he always found a way to strike up a conversation. Eventually, every day I found myself talking to this man as he painted around the house. He started asking me about my life, what I did for a living, just shooting the breeze. I told him I was the pastor at New Covenant PCA on Homochitto Street. He responded that he hadn’t been to church in a while and didn’t know where to start with Christianity.
As he said this, the microwave bell went off, signaling my lunch was ready. At that moment, I had a choice: I could say, “Well, I hope you get plugged back in one day” and go eat my lunch, or, I could talk to him about Jesus. I went out to my truck and grabbed a Bible. I gave it to him, telling him that he could keep it. He was surprised by this gesture. I looked at him and said, “Start reading and tomorrow we can talk about it.” He was puzzled, curious as to why I was giving him this assignment.
I said, “I believe every word in that book; I want you to check it out and see what you think.”
We got off on a long tangent that day, sharing some of the great Old Testament stories in the Bible. He asked if there were any battle stories he would like. I told him about the battle of the five kings in Genesis 14, the march on Jericho in Joshua 6, and my personal favorite, King Og in Numbers 21 and Deuteronomy 3. The next day at lunch he told me he had started reading Genesis and he had all sorts of questions! I share this because in our culture today, we often find ways NOT to share the good news of the Gospel! We convince ourselves that we aren’t “knowledgeable” enough or simply don’t have the time. I encourage you this month to stop holding back. If someone asks, tell them what you know, “for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say” (Luke 12:12). Share the good news and take pride, comfort, and delight in doing so! For the Christian, the question remains from Jeremiah, “What else would I do if I couldn’t speak, preach, and teach about God the Almighty?”
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.