Christian Readiness

By: Jim Perrault

2 Timothy 4:1 & 2

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

I was on 1st Street in front of our local women’s clinic at 9:30 a.m. walking with a sign on my front saying “Pray For An End to Abortions”. I was quietly praying while I watched some early morning customers of the liquor store across the street, occasionally saying “Hi” or something else. I never know what comments people might have. There are some who agree with my stand and others who don’t and are not too shy to tell me so.

As I was walking down the hill into the warm early sun, a young man stopped to talk to me. He told me he was on his way to the casino and was an alcoholic, but that he wanted to do what was right. He told me he was a Christian and pulled out his crucifix necklace for me to see. I replied that it was a good thing to wear. He reached into his pocket and pulled out some money and wanted me to take it. I said “No, thanks” and he asked me why I was doing this. I said I was praying for girls that are thinking of ending their children’s lives. He said enthusiastically, “You are AWESOME!” He repeated this a couple of times. He tried to give me money again and I said, “No, thank you, but God bless you.” He responded emphatically “Nobody has ever God-blessed me!! Thank you, dude! Nobody has ever God-blessed me before!!” He offered me money a third time and I thanked him but said, “That’s not what I am here for.” After a few more accolades, he left.

As he walked down the street I thought of him going to the casino to spend that money, but I was happy with myself for what I was doing.  My pleasure was short-lived as I passed another young man who read my placards and just shook his head at me in disgust. My joy deflated somewhat, but I lifted him up to God and continued on my path.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: When have you been questioned or challenged in your faith or actions? How did you respond?