by Beverly Brown, Set Me Free Ministries Prayer Coordinator
My husband and I just got back from a trip to Minnesota and can I just say, we squeezed an awful lot into just four days. We decided to go visit some friends that we hadn't seen in over twenty years. As we began to plan our trip, I realized that another old friend had recently moved to Minnesota and that he was very close to where our friends lived. I contacted him and asked if he would be interested in meeting up with us. He said yes, and so we decided to meet for lunch the first day of our trip.
The last time I had seen Steve was in July of 1975. Steve and I used to take the same bus each weekday to our respective work places in downtown Chicago. I worked at the John Hancock Building and he worked nearby. Steve was very outgoing and we would often sit and talk on our way to work.
One day, about a month after my husband and I were married, Steve invited me to lunch because he had experienced a life-changing event and he wanted to share it with me. He sounded so passionate about this that I took the train downtown and we met at a little restaurant over his lunch break. It was at that lunch, that I too, had the same life-changing event. Steve, my Jewish friend, introduced me to his Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Steve told me the story as we ate lunch. There was a red headed guy, named Chuck, at work who kept talking to him about Jesus. It bothered Steve so much that one day, out of sheer frustration, he began to read and study the New Testament so he could prove Chuck wrong. However, instead of proving him wrong, Steve realized that this book revealed Jesus Christ as the long awaited Jewish Messiah. That afternoon, when I heard the Good News of the Gospel, that Jesus offered me the free gift of salvation, I realized that I needed what Jesus was offering. On the train going home, I said a very simple prayer and told Jesus, that if He had a gift for me, I wanted it.
I realize now, that my theology wasn't 100% accurate, but God met me right where I was at, just as He had done with Steve. Over the years, I have matured spiritually (and physically!) and have allowed the Holy Spirit to show me those areas in my life that were not pleasing to Him so that He could change me from the inside out. 2 Corinthians 3:18 puts it this way: "And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." (NIV)
I want to leave each of you reading this blog with a question. Who was your Steve and to whom are you going to be a Steve? There is someone in your life that needs to hear the Good News of the Gospel. There is someone in your life that needs to know that God has the power to transform lives and take them from the pit they are struggling to get out of and to put their feet on the solid rock. That solid Rock is Jesus Christ.
Romans 10:14-15 exhorts us with these words: "How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: 'How beautiful are the feet of those who brings good news!' "
I want to thank "my" Steve for his beautiful feet!