The Power of Love
If you know anyone who is recovering from an addiction you may have heard the term higher power.” This is exactly the term that Bob (not his real name) used when he dropped by our office on his lunch break. One of the blessings of our office in Fort Lauderdale is our location—it’s on a well-traveled road and many Jewish passers-by notice the two-foot tall Jews for Jesus sign on top of our office building. Many drop in to see what we are about.
Bob had been looking at our bookstore and finally decided to walk in. Denise, who is my wife and our office worker, had an extensive conversation with him and shared the gospel at length. Bob was very forthcoming about his life, telling Denise that he is a homosexual and a recovering addict. In his recovery program, one of the steps to recovery is finding “your higher power.” Though he is Jewish, Bob had begun talking to a Christian co-worker who told him “All gay people are going to hell!” Denise told Bob that Jesus has a plan for him, and that He is the ultimate when it comes to love since He gave Himself for our sins. She didn’t contradict what the Bible says about homosexuality, but she spoke to Bob’s heart.
Bob continued to search for answers, and was willing to meet with me at our office. By the time we met face to face, Bob had been reading the New Testament and attending an all-inclusive church. Even though the church was not evangelical, God’s Word was revealing to Bob that he needed a savior.
It was interesting to hear Bob describe in his own words the problem of sin. He told me that he is tired of playing all the old bad tapes in his life. He wanted a new start. He’d read in the Bible about the kind of love that Jesus had for others, and was being drawn to Him. But Bob was still concerned about his Jewish identity.
I explained that believing in Jesus does not take away one’s Jewish identity. I could see that Bob was distracted, staring at a model of the Tent of Meeting that the Israelites had in the desert. He asked me about it. I explained that I lead our children’s program, and that I wanted the children to see how God was with the Israelites in the desert. Then I read about Jesus from Hebrews 9:11, how He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but He entered the Most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
As Bob heard the Scriptures his countenance changed. He began to weep because of his sin and because he longed for God’s forgiveness. Bob confessed his sins and asked Jesus into his heart that day. He faces some serious challenges to his faith. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will break every bondage in Bob’s life and reveal the truth in every area where he has been deceived. And please pray for wisdom for me as I continue to share the Word of God with him.