Monday, July 20, 2009

Day 201- The Smell of Conviction

I met a man smoking a cigarette wearing all black today. He was on his way to court where he was behind on a few payments. He had gotten into an accident while driving drunk and was still paying his fines several years later. I couldn't believe how honest he was with his life, and when I shared the gospel with him, he still seemed rather transparent. Everything was fine until I asked my final question, "What is keeping you from repenting of your sins and trusting in Jesus?" Suddenly, a flood of excuses poured out. He exclaimed, "I've got stuff I need to do. I have responsibilities that I need to take care of. Who are you to ask such questions?" He started walking away and I could hear him several yards away yelling, "You've got a lot of nerve. You need to let people live their own lives!" I never felt in danger, nor did I get confused about the situation. It's not the first time that I've seen conviction. Conviction manifests itself in various ways. King David responded with brokenness, while others will harden their hearts. I don't particularly enjoy when people get upset, but it does happen. I try my best not to be offensive, but if the gospel is presented Biblically, it will offend.

"For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life..."


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