What happens when you go out cross walking, during the middle of lunch, at a busy intersection in Centerville, Ohio? Here is a short recap of the LORD exalting HIS name and using me, Shane, as the vessel to do it.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love
It’s a hot day in Centerville, the day before the Fourth of July, and I was looking forward to getting out with the cross as it has been quit a while since the last time. Just before heading out I found a pod cast of D A Carson, which was just over an hour long – the perfect time to be out during lunch. Though I did not know what he, Mr Carson, was preaching on I thought it would be great to worship in the teaching of the Word and to worship in having a time to be used in exalting CHRIST JESUS the LORD. So, after getting the cross, some water, and my headphones off I went to the corner of Clyo and Wilimington Pike. During lunch hour there will be literally thousands of cars passing by, including people who will walk by.
I arrived at the corner, prayed, and began to hold the cross. I had a simple peace about today. Already many cars were passing by. Already I started to hear horns honking. Already I was getting affirmations from some who passed by. For nearly an hour and a quarter I was given the honor of being a witness for CHRIST, here are a couple of the interactions the LORD granted. First there was Keith. Keith is a professing Christian. He rolled down his window and asked if I wanted a drink. I said thank you, but I had some water. Needless to say, Keith still pulled in, got out of his car and came over to give me a drink. He told me he saw me as he was taking his wife to the grocery store and wanted to bring me something. He told me it encouraged him to see someone out being a witness of CHRIST JESUS the LORD. I was/am grateful the LORD brought Keith across my path. I pray many other saints will be encouraged through Keith as he relates how he was encouraged in CHRIST.
Next came a man, who was openly foolish an hostel – though not in an aggressive mean way – to CHRIST. A short time after Keith had left I saw a man, at a distance, walking my way. I got a tract ready that when he passed by I could hand it to him. Sadly, when he came up to me I extended the tract, but he laughed. I took one of my headphone out and asked if he wanted the tract. His rely showed how scared he was. He laughed and said he was going straight to hell because that is where all his friends were. I tried to talk with him, but he kept walking.
Lastly, there was Johnny. The last time I was out cross walking in Centerville I met Johnny on his skateboard. The LORD opened a door for me to share the gospel with him that day. Today, the LORD brought him back to me and he remembered me. I was blessed to proclaim the gospel to him once again. I asked a couple of questions to which I received general replies. I brought Johnny back to the foot of the cross where CHRIST JESUS the LORD died, having become a substitution (paying their price for the sins of those who would believe) in their place. It is not by accident Johnny and I met again. Please pray for him that the LORD will open his eye and grant him repentance and faith. May the LORD save Johnny.
I finished up the sermon, which was power, on Ephesians chapter 1, and headed back to the car. I thanked the LORD for HIS kindness and mercy…having granted many to be exposed to HIS cross. Now may the LORD grant all those who were exposed eyes to see and ears to hear. Blessed be the name of the LORD! I also ask you to pray for those there and to thank the LORD for HIS goodness. Glory to GOD! Worthy is the LAMB!
25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, 26 but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; 27 to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.
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Shane Sands is the founder and president of United in Christ Jesus. In addition to local and statewide outreaches, he has organized and participated in numerous evangelism trips around the world and helped to establish a Reformed home church in Norway. Shane is a devoted husband to his wife, Holly and together they desire to follow the Lord’s leading to be based in Northern Ireland.