I was sitting down at the piano the other night, playing away to my heart’s content, when up walked two friends with a problem. Lauren had locked her keys in her car. Unfortunately, AAA had sent a tow truck instead of a locksmith. Not much help.
Well, they asked for a flashlight and I did have a flashlight. But it was a tiny key chain flashlight with a dead battery. Not much help.
The poor tow truck driver tried unsuccessfully for at least twenty minutes to get into the car. No success. But as he walked back to his truck, I knew that I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to talk with him about the most important decision in life.
“Arthur,” I said, “Have you heard the good news?” He hadn’t. It is just amazing how many people in our “Christian” nation have not heard it! “Would you say that heaven is something that you have to earn or is it a free gift?” I asked. He replied, “Well, I’d say you have to earn it.” How sad. He had no idea how impossible this was.
Of course my tow-truck-driver friend Arthur agreed that if he earned his way to heaven than he would be the one who would get the credit for earning it. “So who are you putting your faith in?” I asked. There was no getting around it. When it came right down to it, he admitted that he was putting his faith in himself.
What a joy to be able to show from the Bible that Jesus Christ willingly died to pay the price for his sin. By putting his faith in Jesus Christ and accepting His free gift of forgiveness, he could be saved from the eternal punishment that he deserved for his sin!
Arthur was ready to pray right then and there to accept this gift. I was so happy for him! Afterwards he had a big smile on his face as he shook my hand and drove away. “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift”!
Later on, Lauren remembered that she had actually let a friend borrow her keys. They were promptly found and all was well. On the outset it may have seemed like a mistake, but isn’t it amazing how God even uses “mistakes” to bring glory to Himself?