Could you find Jesus in a bar?

August 17, 2017
The place was familiar, it was what I would consider “my old stomping ground.” As I sat there spinning on the stool slightly uncomfortable swigging my ice water and lemon, this particular spot was new to me but pretty much the same as all of the other bars. The lights turned down low, you know so low that everyone looks good, tunes flowing through the speakers, people were laughing and mingling while there I sat awkwardly smiling.

An older man comes by and asks “What do you do?” I replied, “I write a Christian devotional style blog about real situations with a dab of humor and a heap of the truth. He smiles and shakes his head. “Can I get you a drink?” “No, I’m fine thanks” I say, he then asks “Do you not drink because you’re a Christian?” I said “No, I don’t drink because I don’t like the decisions I tend to make when I do and what would a Christian blogger look like with a longneck bottle, swinging from the rafters, and praising The Lord look like?”
He laughs and so did I.

We moved on to other hot topics like the Bible. He was very knowledgeable, he recited stories, and even knew about different religions and belief systems. All along I was feeling the pull, God was right on my heels nudging me. Questions on my mind were “is he saved, does he believe Jesus died for his sins so that he can have everlasting life?” So, I asked him.

No, he replied. “I believe Jesus was a good man, and I try every day to help someone and be kind to others.
If there is a God in heaven, I hope he will see what I have done and let me on in.”
I said, “You know the bible and you know that it says “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
“Yes”, he said “but if there is a God and he is the man the bible says he is then he will see what I’ve done.”

Friends, it’s not “He will see what I’ve done” it’s not about us. He saved us, not “take a look at me and what I’ve done.” We don’t get the glory, He does.

This is the logic of many others and it pulled me into a place I pray to be in daily. I wake up asking The Lord to put someone in my path that I can point to Him. He lead this man to me or me to him either way I’m praying that the information given to him, the kind hearted, non-judgmental way that I talked with him, planted a seed. That situation wasn’t about him or me, it was about Jesus. The easy thing to have done would’ve been to just smile back, never opening the discussion up about Jesus but I felt the Holy Spirit leading me and I went there.

Have you ignored the call to testify?
Do you know someone or are you someone who lives by their/your own light and does good but is without Christ present in their/your life?

We don’t have to argue the bible, this man knew things about the bible that I’ve yet to discover. But, I listened, responded with love, and walked away praying for this man and I haven’t stopped.
The Holy Spirit will do the heavy lifting.

We don’t have to know it all to talk with someone about the Lord, your testimony is enough.
Ask Him to prepare you. He lead me to this man and if one more person can be saved by a seed that is planted then should all get to tilling.
Jesus was a man who would’ve sat on that bar stool just like I did, he associated with sinners, Luke 19:10 we are all sinners.

Don’t let social status or cultural norms or even locations dictate relationships with people-we have to go outside of the church walls.

The sick need a physician and the lost need a shepherd.

Have Zest and Be willing to go there!

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  1. Hi Kristen, such good stuff you have written here. We never know when the seeds we have planted will sprout up in the lives of others. Keeping shining the light sweet sister.

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