Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Divine Appointments: There's Someone Waiting For You

Whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this household.' If a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. . . Whoever listens to you listens to Me. Whoever rejects you rejects Me. And whoever rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.  (Luke 10:5-6, 16)

My wife was getting her hair cut, colored, and whatever else happens in the hour and a half that this process takes. I don't hang out in the salon with her. I'm just not that brave. So, I drove across the street and settled in at a McDonalds that had free wifi. I feel guilty using it without buying anything, so I purchased a coffee, sat down, and started reviewing my sermon notes (on the Lord of the Harvest) while keeping my ears and eyes open for opportunities to share the Gospel. 

A man and his little boy sat down next to me, but they were pretty preoccupied. An older pair of black ladies sat on the other side. I started to talk to them, but they bowed their heads and prayed. No one else came around for 15-20 minutes, so I decided to talk to the ladies about some of the racial unrest but they finished their breakfast and left. I had noticed an employee sweeping, a lady in her mid 30's. I was about out of options as I got up to leave, so as I dumped my empty coffee cup I asked her if I could ask her a question about working at McDonalds. That conversation ended 30 minutes later after the assistant manager (another Christian), joined us and we talked about the Lord and encouraged her as she worked and raised three school-age children.

Jesus sent out 70 of his followers in pairs into the villages and places He was about to go on his way to Jerusalem. He gave them clear instructions on how they were to go, who they would encounter, the message they were to preach, and the ministry they were to carry out. They didn't have to know anyone in the village. They didn't have to have a place to stay. They didn't even have to carry food. He had prepared all of that in advance. He had prepared it all through a person He called a "son of peace."

A "son of peace" is a person who God has prepared to be receptive to the Gospel. There isn't a son of peace in every location. There's nothing you can do to create a son of peace, or entice someone to be one. God is in charge of preparing the hearts of the "sons of peace" and all we have to do is be faithful to look for them and share with them when we find them.

That day in Bossier, the lady sweeping the floor was the son of peace. Not only did she hear the Gospel, but so did several people sitting around where we were talking. I got to encourage her, share the Gospel with her, and help her work through issues she had with a previous church. Then her assistant manager, who was already a faithful Christian, was encouraged in the whole interaction.

Some of us today call these conversations "divine appointments." They are arranged by God, prepared by Him, and all we have to do is keep our eyes and ears open to them as we obediently step into them with the good news and love of Jesus Christ.