I would be fooling myself or denying the fact if I’d say it didn’t affect me looking into most of my students’ spiritual relationship with God. Most of them claimed that they don’t need to have since they don’t even believe there is.
I onced asked my student his opinion about criminals and their ends. He said they deserve to go to jail to be punished and to die for their crimes.
I asked in return, “Isn’t it possible for them to be forgiven or aren’t they deserving for second chance if they asked forgiveness or had reformed?”
And his answer was, “No! Certainly not! Once a criminal, always a criminal!”
Though I may sound like a fool for him since he is an atheist, I still boldly shared to him this scripture: Luke 18:27 “What is humanly impossible is possible with God.” and Luke 19:10 “The
Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.”
Aren’t the criminals considered the lost? Yes, they are but those who don’t believe Christ are also considered lost.
“But we have different cultures and I don’t have any religion,” his defensive response and the rest is history.
Another experienced out from more than a dozen and counting similar experiences was when my middle-aged foreign student asked me about afterlife. I was glad that he opened up that kind’a topic since oftentimes, it’s a conservative/complicated issue; must be avoided to be talked about in a seemingly earthly rules suited for unbelievers. So, right then, I promptly shared about Heaven and Hell base on the Biblical perspective. I technically demonstrated it the simplest way I could like, “Anyone who doesn’t believe in Jesus Christ as his/her personal savior will surely go to hell.” as my own summary to the memory verse I first learned since childhood: John 3:16-18. In response, he boisterously laughed at me and said, “After life, nothing else..the end.” I understood his reaction. For so long he regarded me to be witty. Thus, believing this Heaven and Hell thingy is part of my joke so he laughed and laughed continuously. He only stopped after I said, “I’m serious.” Hence, no words came up from his mouth except “Wow….” while laughing from amazement and disbelief. He may not utter any word that time fearing that he would never ever see me smile again, but had told the other teachers about me and our story telling, “Teacher Jenny said that I’ll go to hell.., ” which showed that he indirectly admitted his guilt for unbelieving both heaven and Hell.
Until now, my heart is bleeding and I literally cry everytime I realized how many souls don’t recognize Jesus as the son of GOD. I was in the middle of licking the gloom not for me but for him laughing at the thought when God rescued me. My eagerness to share to them is like a bomb ready to explode, thus how likely I get disappointed everytime they shut their eyes and ears. I know God has a purpose why He gave me this kind of job and put me in this kind of situation. Sometimes, I am discouraged by the thought. You are surrounded by unbelievers and they are ready to declare their authority. However, I grab the chance of celebrating that I can be the salt and the light to them. I may have my own plans and human desires but it is really hard to go against God’s plan. Every thing you do without consulting the Father first would only lead you in vain. It’s proven and since He’s so prompt in answering prayers. He pointed me at all times to use the Bible as the sacred weapon for winning souls, but this time, He added another weapon when He directed me to read the book “HEAVEN IS REAL” by Choo Thomas.
I continually am asking God to knock their hearts, to at least widen even an inch the narrow passage towards their closed and napping hearts. We must not lose hope. There are many lost and scattered sheep, however as the scripture says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me”, says the Lord. (John 10:27)