Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Carpet Evangelist on a Mission

I got a call this morning from the guy who will be installing new carpet in our upstairs addition (we're almost done). He had heard that we were going to be planting a church in Paris and wanted to share with me something that happened yesterday.

He was in a town near the courthouse and knew a lawyer that was struggling with something and he felt that God wanted him to talk to the man. So he drives 15 miles out to the guy's house only to find that he was not home. He thought "Lord why did you lead me to come to his house when he is not even home?" Then it occurred to him that the man was probably in the courthouse working. So he drives 15 miles back to the place he had just left. As he walks into the courthouse he sees a another man walking out that had visited his church last week and was having lots of problems in his family. He ended up sharing Christ with this guy.

He came to realize the God wanted him at the courthouse at that time to meet this particular man. But he had to wait about the time it takes to drive 15 miles away and then back in order to be in the right place at the right time to influence this man for Christ.

Some times God leads us on a mission that he knows we will never complete because he is preparing us for another mission. When you are going where you feel God is leading you, don't get discouraged if things don't make sense or seem impossible. Just keep following God's direction until he leads you otherwise, because he does have a purpose. In Romans 8:28, we read "that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose." It is not always for my good. It just says for those who love him and are called according to His purpose.

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