This week when we were away from home on a trip, we utilized a taxi one day when we were not allowed to drive our car due to a city code that prohibited us from driving it that day.
Our time with the taxi driver was limited. It only took us around 10 minutes to get to our destination. Within that time frame, we briefly shared with him a summary of the gospel message. We rejoiced when he gladly wanted to pray to receive the Lord! As he drove his taxi along through the traffic, he prayed and asked Jesus into his heart – to become his Lord and Savior. Who knows, it might have been his only opportunity to ever do that. Life is short. Like the Bible says, “now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation”.
After we prayed together, he made a comment to us that was noteworthy. He said that his heart was “happy”! That reminds me of a verse in the Bible. Psalm 144:15 – “Happy is the people whose God is the Lord”. May the seeds of the gospel that were sown in his heart that day continue to grow, and bring forth fruit that remains for the glory of God.
Does it mean that we can expect to see our taxi driver in heaven someday? Not necessarily. We hope and pray so. However, the Bible does clearly say that it is important to continue to abide in the Lord (John 15:1-6; Romans 11:22). We hope that he will continue on to know the Lord, and whole-heartedly serve Him all the days of his life. We pray that he will experience true conversion, life transformation, and the abundant life that Jesus came to this earth to make available, in Jesus name.
Prayer on the Ferry
Coming home from Polillio Islands, my last trip, I was amazed at a spontaneous opportunity to share the gospel with several fellow-passengers as we were riding along on the ferry. I also had the privilege to pray with them before we reached the port. They seemed so happy to be able to do that, as well.
The gospel is very powerful! It is able to bring salvation and hope to a world that is without hope apart from Jesus. There is no other way to be rescued from the dreadful consequences of sin except through receiving the wonderful gift of salvation provided through Jesus death, burial, and resurrection. Praise God for salvation, and the gift of eternal life! It is a continual and eternal source of great joy – thanks be to God!