Thursday, November 12, 2009

Day 316- Squirmy Dan

I've never met Dan before, but I can tell you a lot about him. He is lost (Luke 19:10), perishing (2 Cor. 4:3), helpless (Rom. 5:6), an enemy of God (Rom. 5:10), dead in his sin (Eph. 2:1), and his heart is hardened (Eph. 4:17-19). You wouldn't know that judging his external appearance. He works at the Humane Society and he was taking a rescued puppy on a walk. He was very friendly, but decided to remain neutral about the things of God because his mom is Catholic and his dad is Baptist. I walked him through the Ten Commandments and he quickly referred me to his good works. I told him that our works are like filthy rags on the Day of Judgment and he began to squirm. My first thought was that he was going to walk away, but he said, "Well I guess we are all in trouble." I then shared with him the good news of Jesus and the squirming continued. His eyes were darting all over the place and he would often look back towards the entrance of the Humane Society. I wondered if I was bothering him or perhaps he just wanted to get away from me, but as I would pause in the conversation, he would continue with questions. It took me a while to realize it, but Dan was squirming with conviction. Conviction manifests itself in many ways. I have seen people cry, yell, remain quiet, twitch, stomp away, lower their head, and shake. I can now add a new one to the list. Dan is a squirmer.

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