By Claudia Koenig
Our home needed some repairs that we had noticed when we moved in. The man who came to take a look at what was needed brought two laborers with him, a man and a woman. As they entered our home, I noticed that the man’s eyes were dark. I was almost hesitant to speak with him. The woman was a bit timid.
Christian music was playing in my office. I walked into the office to get some information. The woman stood by. She noticed the Jewish prayer shawl on my shelf, as she hummed to the music. She gently touched the shawl and said softly, “This is so beautiful.” I asked her if she was a Christian. She looked into my eyes and hesitated to answer. She just responded yes by nodding her head.
We walked downstairs where my husband was talking with the two men about the repairs. They were a little distance from the woman and me. The woman started to share her story with me, “I am a Christian. I have been saved and baptized. I wanted to serve my dear Lord, but I was living with my boyfriend. I talked with the Lord and said to Him that I wholeheartedly wanted to serve Him, but I couldn’t. I pleaded for Him to make a way. I wanted to sing in the choir and work with the children. One day my boyfriend had a talk with me and said that for some reason he felt a deep desire to marry me. So we married right away.”
She then asked to serve in the church as a cook. She said it was the hardest labor. Then she was asked to teach the children. Later she began to sing in the choir and work in administration. She shared this with joy.
She sadly said next, “Neither my husband nor my children have received Jesus.” Her eyes filled with tears.
It dawned on me that perhaps the man who came with them was her husband. I asked her if he was. She confirmed that he was. I thought, “Oh my, Lord Jesus, this wife needs her husband saved!”
We then all went upstairs into the kitchen to go over the list of repairs. I looked at the man’s dark eyes and said, “You have good eyes.” Immediately, I thought, “Why did I say that?”
He then smiled ear to ear and responded, “Thank you!”
I then said, “And there are times when they look really bad.” That got his attention. I explained, “You see when you keep your eyes on God, your eyes look good, but when you look away to look at others, they look really bad. And why do you look at others, when most everyone is about themselves? But God is about you!” His eyes were now focused on me. I didn’t know what to say. So then I just spoke it: “Have you ever believed in Jesus as your Saviour? Have you ever prayed and asked Him to be your personal Saviour?”
He looked into my eyes and admitted, “No, I have not done that.” He took a closer step towards me.
I said, “Well, we are going to do that right now!”
He agreed, “Let’s do that.” While my husband was talking to the head man and this man’s wife was looking into another room, he and I stood in the middle of the walkway to our kitchen and prayed as he received Jesus into his heart and believed in Him as his Saviour! Glory!
He left with my husband and the head man. His wife walked up to me. She had no idea that her husband was now born-again. I told the surprising news. She didn’t know what to say!
I said, “Now listen. He is a new creature now. Do not talk with him as the person he was before or of his past. You need to communicate with him as your brother in Christ.”
She listened carefully and said that she would do that. She said, “He has?! Oh my! Oh my! This is a great work. There is a great cost to winning souls to Christ, because they are taken out of the enemy’s hands.”
I was astonished at her understanding. I told her, “Yes, there is; please keep me in your prayers.”
We then walked outside. We talked about where they were from. They were both from different Spanish-speaking countries. Then I quickly went inside and looked on the shelves in my office for a Bible and found that I had just one Bible in Spanish. I handed it to the man. I said, “It was an honor to meet you.”
He took the Bible with a huge smile and replied, “It was an honor to meet YOU!” We both smiled.
I told him, “Now you are a new man. Do not go back to your past. The Lord Jesus has taken all your sins and covered them with His blood. You are free. You now have new life in Christ.”
He smiled widely again and said, “Yes, I do!” His hands handled the Bible with amazing joy!
“Lord, every person whom You have brought to this home has believed in You and received You as their Saviour! Oh my! I have not been able to go out much, but You are bringing the souls to my door! You are the Soul Saviour! And I cry at the thought that You are saving souls all the time. I have nothing to do with it! Where do I turn where you do not have a soul whom the Father is drawing to YOU?! You watch over all on all the earth.
Jesus, please, I ask: line them up at the door, from all directions. Bring them! Save souls, Messiah!
Please heal me. Keep me alive for your glory! I need to keep telling about You, more souls for You. Heal me, Messiah; hear my prayers!”
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: Romans 8:16
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:28
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:24
And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Colossians 3:10
All scripture is KJV.