After the man had received some practical help from us, I said with a smile:”don’t forget to thank God in your prayers tonight!”
He responded in a positive way so we chatted further about God and Jesus. He actually raised the question of repentance and we discussed what repentance and faith in God meant.
I gave him a booklet called “What Is a Real Christian?” and he read a couple of pages. He then said:”the question should be “WHY should I become a Christian?”
I gave him God’s view of sin: all sin – even theft of something from a friend – is primarily a sin against God. So God is the one you need to repent towards. Without repentance (a turning away from all known sin in your life) you will have to give an account of your sin on Judgment Day – and Jesus is the Judge. Becoming a Christian wipes the slate clean because your trust in Jesus and his ability to forgive your sin makes you a new person, hence “born again”. He had heard of “born again Christian” so I explained why we need to become born again, using the illustration of the TWO BUSES.
In this illustration all of life happens on the two buses. Bus #1 is the one we are all born on. Its destination is Hell and Satan or the Devil is the driver. The Bible tells us Hell was made for the Devil and his angels (actually demons). However, if we remain on Bus#1 we are headed for Satan’s destination, whether we realise it or not. We therefore need to get off Bus #1 and on to Bus #2. Bus#2 is driven by Jesus and His destination is Heaven. All mankind is under the power of sin and only Jesus can change our sin nature. This process is known as being “born again”. When we are born again (recognise our need of the Saviour Jesus as the only one who can forgive our sin and set us free from it) we are transferred onto Bus #2 whose destination is Heaven.
A young guy aged 20 came in for food and in discussion told me he had a drink problem, having been hitting the bottle hard with horrible cheap stuff (“White Lightning”) for the last 5 years. He got alarmed when he started to get bleeding from his back passage, so has been to get help and is on tablets to curb the desire for alcohol. He was homeless and living in a tent until recently, but was now in acommodation. We chatted about faith and it became clear to me he wanted to turn his life around. I shared the gospel with him in some detail and he listened quite keenly.
He seemed to understand what I was saying as I illustrated the spiritual need for a change of direction. I shared a picture of how it’s like there are two buses, with different destinations. One is heading to Hell and Satan is the driver. Since the world is under Satan’s influence, we are in a sense all born on Satan’s bus. Satan is heading to Hell, since the Bible tells us that is the destination of Satan and all his fallen angels. Hell was not designed for people, but if we remain on Satan’s bus we end up at his destination. We therefore need to get off Satan’s bus and get on the one driven by Jesus – destination Heaven. I gave him a tract called “The Missing Peace” with my email address and website details as he was leaving.
Afterwards, an older guy came in looking for “the 3 ladies I shared some of my testimony with last week”. It was not our team, but I sat him down and listened to his story. He’d been in care for 10 years as a child, had a pretty rough life and ended up on the drink for many years. He finally got saved in a church in Brighton, England, and had drifted a bit recently. He clearly still had his faith, and occasionally attended church, but his spiritual life was pretty low according to how he described it. He also shared several temptations he had experienced. He had 3 bibles, so I encouraged him to read one every day and build himself up spiritually. I prayed with him before he left.