Thoughts from our first day at NYC.
Last night a group of us from the team went up to see the Brooklyn Bridge. It was around 9 in the evening so it was dark and the more “eclectic” New Yorkers were out and about. It was a chilly night and super windy so for once I was relieved to get underground and on the subway simply for the warmth. We got on and I was using the window in a desperate attempt to subdue my poor tangled windblown hair when I realized there was someone right on the other side of the window looking right at me. The resemblance between us kind of shocked me and I stood there for a second just staring. However, there was one very big difference. This women was obviously living a lifestyle of bondage to sin. For a split second I pulled a Pharisee and thought “I am so glad I’m not where she is…” Instantly the Lord rebuked me with two things. First, though my lifestyle before I was saved was maybe not as obviously rebellious, I still openly hated God with my words and actions. My sinful heart put me just as much at enmity with God as she is. Second, I realized that could very easily be me. Before God saved me I was on a path toward destruction and possibly could be in just the same place she is. It is only by God’s grace that I am not.
This quick 30 second encounter with that lady has seriously impacted my thinking last night and today. I have the good news that could deliver the grace of God that I have experienced to these people. I want so badly to share it with them today. Please pray for us as our team ministers to the lost this week.
But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace