Some days are so awesome, they remind me why I do what I do. When I was called into the ministry, God used the passage of the Lost Sheep from Matthew for the call. I knew that reaching the lost was what pastors were supposed to do, but most of them didn't. The shepherd left the 99 sheep in the fold, and went out in search of the one lost sheep. Today, I got to help one of those lost sheep into the fold.
I arrived at the church around 8am for a meeting. There was a gentleman standing there waiting to speak with someone...anyone. None of the senior pastors were there yet, so I sat down with him for awhile. He shared about the hard times he was facing, and eventually I realized that his deepest need was a relationship with God. I did not blow off the other problems, I just sensed God was saying that his deeper need was spiritual. He wanted to change, but couldn't. He wanted things to improve, but he needed to focus on getting himself healthy; especially spiritually.
I asked if he had ever made a faith commitment to Jesus Christ. I told him how he needed to give the leadership of his life over to God and about God's promise of forgiveness and leadership. He said, "I have been wanting to do that for some time. I grew up Catholic, but I never went to church. I want a relationship with God."
I asked him if he wanted to pray and ask God to take control of his life and lead him. He said, "Yes, but I don't know how." I led him in a short prayer of surrender and confession, and it was written all over his face that something was different. Awesome!!!!!
Then tonight the church gathered and gave out Thanksgiving to more than 250 families in the Dayton area. We come together for a short time of worship and instruction, and then go out an deliver the meals. Our first delivery didn't realize we were coming. Somehow she missed the message and thought she just wasn't approved (we are only able to go to certain zip codes in our area because of the vastness of the need). She was shocked when we showed up. It made her night that she was not able to give her family Thanksgiving. Awesome!!!!!