A Word with You - June 16, 2011

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The Servant Has the Key

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Going to Amsterdam for Billy Graham's great conference on evangelism has to be one of the most awesome experiences of my life. Billy Graham brought together about 10,000 evangelists from 174 countries. I mean, these huge meetings were unforgettable! And yet, I would have to say that one of the most special moments involved a crowd of a total of two people. It was me and the bus driver.

Yeah. See, I had been asked to be a bus captain for one of the 120 buses that went out loaded with evangelists. We were being sent out to many different sites in Holland to share Christ with people that day. So we weren't just talking about it, we were doing it. Now, our bus driver and I got into an argument over lunches. Yeah. See, we were supposed to have these box lunches that we were going to eat on the bus before we got to the site. That was the only time we'd have to eat. He said, "There's no way you're going to put those on my bus. I know who'll have to clean up the mess." I said, "Look, how about this? If I promise to clean up the mess, can we eat them on the bus? We really need the time." He said, "I know who will clean it up. It will be me no matter what you say." I said to him, "Look, will you just give me a chance? You inspect the bus after I'm done."

Well, he gave me the chance, and I took the garbage bags and went around and tried to make the bus as clean as I could. And that cleanup led to a two-hour conversation that changed the bus driver's life and taught me again what it takes to get a person interested in Jesus.

See, in a self-serving world, a servant is really noticed. They're a non-threatening person, and a person can relax then around you. And then you can share your Jesus with them. How do you open up a hard heart? Well, the servant has the key.

© (c) Ronald P. Hutchcraft
Distributed by Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc.

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