[Hint: it's not with Folgers in your cup!! make sure to read the testimony at the bottom!]
Jesus says in John 4,
34“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”
There is no greater joy for any believer in my opinion than seeing someone accept Christ. Jesus talks about the food of the harvest and that is what sustains Him.
As an evangelist, this is the kind of thing I live on too. It is what motivates me and gets me up and out of bed every day.
This week was a hard week for me. I just felt a bit more lonely and down than usual and even doubtful about my call at times.
But then I woke up to this email yesterday!
It is from a guy I talked to 7 months ago a Greek Conference, where Kristina and I preached together last February. I remember talking with him and I remember him wrestling out. I left knowing this guy was close. It is not often you get to see what happens months later as a bi-product of a conversation you have with people 2,000 miles away. But today I got to see it! Geoff gave me permission to post the email he sent me! I just had to!!!
This email is the food I needed this week!
I’m not sure if you remember me. We met + talked at the Indy Greek Conference last year. I was on the verge of accepting Jesus into my life, but insisted that I needed more time to think it through. Fast forward a few months: I FOUND CHRIST!!! It was was a slow transition for me – I can’t even pinpoint the moment when I realized how incredibly broken I was/am. Life of course still has its ups and downs – and I still have those moments when I question specific teachings in Christianity, but boy, is it great having God’s love on my side!
Since then, I’ve graduated (just 3 months ago) and I’ve had a lot of new beginnings: just moved to San Diego, new job, new apartment, new church, making many new friends, etc… It’s been very exciting. I just got involved with All People’s Church as per your recommendation (I’ve only been twice). In addition, I JUST got plugged in with a college Lifegroup @ PLNU. In fact, I’m writing this email to you only a couple hours after my first Lifegroup experience. 2,800 miles from my physical home, I have never felt more at home and more welcome by a church community. I want to thank you so much for helping me find this church. Can’t wait to see what God has planned next.