Wednesday, August 11, 2010

How Long Would You Love?

Mike Walker is a friend of mine, because we share a common interest in seeing people who do not believe in Jesus become His followers. For the last three and one-half years he has been praying for just One person. He has reached out as a friend, hoped, tried, and prayed.

Last week, he had his first real spiritual conversation with the man he has prayed for for three years. They took an hour and a half walk. During those 90 minutes, they talked about God. Mike shared the gospel. In the end, his One said, "Well, you believe what you believe and I believe what I believe." While you might consider that a failure, Mike considers it a success.

It took three and a half years but he finally got to talk to a dying man about life. Mike is still praying for that One. He will try again. The only way Mike could have failed is to have quit praying, quit trying, quit being a friend, and quit sharing the gospel. That's not my opinion. It's Gods, "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." (Gal. 6:9) And, Jesus said of those who do not quit, "I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary." (Rev. 2:3))