Ambition Over Ablution.


“What’s heaven like?” asked a man with medium length braids and gold teeth at a local park. “Heaven is a place in the presence of God with a city made of precious stones and streets of gold. There is no night time, sickness, death, disease, or sorrow” I said. The man’s name was Mario, and I had just approached him with a gospel tract and church invitation asking him my characteristic question — “Are you going to heaven?” Mario was unsure of whether he would go to heaven or not, and wasn’t exactly sure what heaven was like either. After describing what heaven was like I talked about God’s law, the Ten Commandments and how it’s a mirror that shows us our standing with God. I then transitioned to explaining to the gospel telling Mario that “Jesus paid our fine by dying on the cross for our sins and rising from the dead. We broke God’s Law and Jesus paid our fine” (This sounds like Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort doesn’t it?).

What was he thinking?

Mario’s face was expressionless, and he was quiet as the gospel was explained. I could only see his shiny gold teeth a few times during the conversation as he made a few brief remarks. During the conversation as I asked some more questions I realized that Mario’s thoughts were fixed on the things of this life like his budding careers as a music producer, photographer, and truck driver. He just didn’t seem interested in the things of God or eternity. In hindsight I believe the following words from Jesus would have benefited, challenged, or even convicted Mario: “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?” Mark 8:36

I should have quoted Mark 8:36!

Perhaps I should have said, “Mario, what will you have gained if you succeed in your businesses, but lose your soul for eternity in hell? Is temporal success worth the cost of eternal failure?”, but it didn’t enter my mind unfortunately. It was clear that Mario was choosing his career over cleansing, and ambition over ablution. He wanted a successful job over the cleansing of his sins by Jesus Christ. It’s not that these two things Maybe next time an issue like this comes up I will use Mark 8:36 because the word of God is quick and powerful! I believe it can be helpful to connect the interests of those we are witnessing to to the gospel to help them understand and see its importance.

Until next time!


Author: Samuel McNair

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