I met him outside the clinic for psychiatric out-patients. He was sitting in the little garden alcove having a smoke.
Before long we each identified the Christ in the other. It happens like that you know. The sheep know the Shepherd’s voice and they also get to recognize each other.
He seemed like the out-spoken type who would engage in street witnessing. But I was wrong. He told me that the streets were largely Godless and preferred to stay that way. Blame it on the media; blame it on the schools; blame it on the otherwise occupied parents chasing the dollar; blame it on substance abuse; blame it on the cooped up churches sold over to self-congratulation.
But he did admit that he seized opportunities that were right in his face and pulling on his spirit.
He emphasized that it was more important to soak in the Gospel, to be instant in prayer and intercession, to keep short accounts with God, to repent often and to stay clean. Bright lights in a dark world as the Apostle Peter would have said.
He was not longing for a significant personal ministry. He saw that the churches had lost largely their pull on the abandoned, hungry heart. Were they really “serving the Lord”? He was preparing himself to serve and to have impact in Christ’s Millenium. Now that was some foresight I had not taken into account, and it captivated me. The church that I knew was in a panic to do something with the fast-fleeting now, whether or not Spirit-led.
1 Peter 2
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.