What a great encounter today! I was at Staples getting a few copies of a picture that contained a cross. Heidi, a Staples employee, commented that she liked the cross. I then asked her if she had a church background. Heidi had not been to church in over a year. The last time she opened her Bible was two months ago. She also had no idea how to get to heaven. It was clear by the look on her face that she felt quite convicted by these facts. It was also obvious that I should be gentle in explaining to her the need for Him.
Me: Heidi, I'm going to ask you a few more questions to prove a point. It may bother you a bit, but I promise you will understand why I did it in the end.
Heidi: Okay, go for it.
Me: Have you ever heard of the ten commandments?
Me: Have you obeyed the commandments? For example, have you ever told a lie?
Heidi: I have.
Me: Have you ever stolen anything?
Heidi: Yes, when I was little.
Me: Have you ever taken the Lord's name in vain?
Heidi: I do it all of the time.
Me: That's a very serious offense. The Bible says that He will not hold him guiltless who uses His name in vain. Heidi, by your own admission you are a lying, blasphemous, thief and you have to face God on judgement day.
Heidi: (laughing and obviously convicted) You are right. I never thought of it that way.
I then had Heidi's undivided attention, so I shared the good news of Jesus paying her fine. At the end of our conversation, it was obvious that she understood the message and seemed over joyed by our conversation. She kept thanking me and would then pause and reflect on what just happened. This encounter reminds me of a sermon by Paul Washer. If someone has been hit by a Mack truck they will never be the same. Heidi has hit by the Spirit of God today, and I pray that she will be changed forever.