6/21/10 Jose' , 42
A biblical rule of thumb in witnessing is "law to the proud, grace to the humble". What has surprised me in talking to random people has been how few truly humble people there are. At the park today I met Jose, who is involved in many extreme forms of sin, yet believes himself good enough for heaven. He thinks that any sins he does commit will be forgiven by his priest. As we talked I realized he is very limited intellectually, due in part to his crack cocaine habit I'm sure. He would have flashes of insight that made me think he was grasping different parts of the gospel, but then would ask some off the wall question that showed he wasn't following my line of thinking at all. I was tempted to think I was wasting my time with him, but then I would think about the college graduates and PhD's I've talked with that were just as spiritually blind as he, and I'm reminded of the tremendous gift of faith and repentance that salvation truly is. Who am I to withhold the gospel based on my estimate of a person's intellect? We are to share Christ with all people, motivated not by the results of our labor but by the chance to be faithful to our Lord.