I was sharing with someone recently about how angry I was right after I became a new believer when I found out that some people I’d been ‘attracted to’ were Christians. They had a store downtown in Racine and I went there almost every day from work for about 6 months just because I wanted to be around them. Why was I upset? Because they never said a word about the Lord, a scripture verse, invited me to church, nada.
Some say we should be upset if we weren’t ‘told’ … their lives did tell me something but I never knew what….Others say it was a layer of God’s plan like the seed, the weeding, the watering etc.
Today I read this poem – and wonder if it is possible for this to really happen – for someone that wanted to know not to find out…ever.
My Friend – Author Unknown
My friend, I stand in “The Judgment” now, And feel that you’re to blame, somehow. On earth, I walked with you day by day And never did you point the way.
You knew the Lord of truth and glory, But never did you tell the story. My knowledge then was very dim, You could have led me safe to Him.
Though we lived together on this earth, You never told of the second birth. And now this day I stand condemned, Because you failed to mention Him.
You taught me many things that’s true, I called you friend and trusted you. But now I’ve learned that it’s too late, You could have kept me from this fate.
We walked by day and talked by night, And yet you showed me not the light. You let me live and love and die, And knew I’d never live on high.
Yes. I called you friend in life, And trusted you through joy and strife. And yet, on coming to the end, I cannot now call you … My Friend!
My assumption is that if someone is searching for the Lord with their whole being, they will be found by Him. Some of us might miss the opportunity to share with that person, and miss the resulting blessing, but God will bring the truth through someone else.
That’s no excuse a failed opportunity or a never-completed mission. It’s just a good reminder to me that when the Spirit tells me to be about God’s work, I need to obey immediately.
2Corinthians 6:2 God reminds us,
I heard your call in the nick of time; The day you needed me, I was there to help. Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped.