A while back we were leading a VBS at a country church. On the final evening, a tall man walked through the doors. Even though his wife and daughter came to church regularly, he rarely came with them. But on this night, his little girl had tugged on his heart to attend. She had heard us say that we were going to get inside a 6-foot balloon for “family night” and she wanted her daddy to be there to see it.
“My daddy came,” she told me before the service started. I walked over and shook his hand and could tell that it didn’t seem that he really wanted to be there. But he had come because she had invited him.
As we used the 6-foot balloon, we shared the Gospel. We spoke about God’s love, how our sin separates us from Him, and how God can save anyone who is willing to receive Him.
At the end of the church service, this tall, rough-looking man turned to his wife and said, “I’m never coming back here again.” He stormed out of the church and sped off in his pickup.
I remember seeing the wife and the pastor’s wife praying and crying on the front pew of the church. The wife and daughter waited for about an hour before going home. She wanted to give him time to “cool off.”
When she arrived home, his pickup was in the driveway but he wasn’t in the living room. She opened the bedroom door. There he was. She could tell that he had been crying.
“I’m sorry,” he said. “But when I heard them say that God could forgive anyone, it made me mad because I knew that God could never forgive me.”
Then he continued to explain how he had come home, gone in the bedroom, and in anger, he had begun telling God all the reasons why he could never be forgiven, all the reasons why God could never love Him.
“Suddenly,” he said, “I found myself on my knees. It was like there was a presence in the room that I had never felt before. I found myself telling God that if he would take me, I would come. I don’t know how to explain it, but God saved me tonight.”
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Written by Kolby King. © Copyright 2017 Kolby King
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