For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. – Romans 1:16
Settling down in the plane on the second leg of my journey, a young lady sits beside me. There is a bit of chitchat, what kind of work do you do…are you on your way home, or is this business, etc. Then I hear, “Do you have a joint?” Surely I didn’t hear what I just thought I heard. “Pardon me?” I ask, then she repeats her question, “Do you have a joint?” At this point I am looking shocked, and I say, “Pardon me?” again. Then she smiles and tells me that she is only joking.
I look her right in the eye and say, “You’re not joking, are you?” Now it’s her turn to look shocked. I don’t wait for her response. Instead, I proceed, “See, I used to be an addict, and when I wanted to test the waters, I would ask a question like you just asked to see what kind of response I got. If it wasn’t shock, then I knew there was a possibility of engaging in my addiction. If the answer was shock, I could simply say…just kidding.” Her eyes are now a bit down cast. I repeat my statement, “You’re not joking, are you?” She confesses that she wasn’t joking, that she wanted to party that night and wanted to get started right away. I asked her if I could tell her a story, she said, “Ok.” What else could she say? We had a 50-minute flight ahead of us.
I begin to share my testimony, my pattern of destructive behavior and the only true way to stop that pattern. I shared the freedom that Christ offers, much of which I have been able to better articulate with the Freedom In Christ material. I ask her where she is in her faith: “What do you believe?” is how I framed it. We begin one of the most intense conversations I have had in a long while, and by her admission, the most intense she has ever had. Five minutes before the flight attendant announces our impending landing, this young lady, who 40 minutes ago wanted to party and was looking for weed, accepted Christ as her savior.
We serve a radically action-oriented Father, who never fails to amaze us and offer freedom to those imbedded in sin. I was on that plane because my original flight was cancelled. I was moved to that seat because I checked my bags at the last moment. There are no coincidences, no “just by chance” moments. Our Abba Father orchestrates times and places for us to glorify Him. The question is, are we prepared for the questions we may be asked, like…got a joint?