Fishing For A Soul

We were traveling on a plane as we often do for the ministry. There was a young man sitting next to us who worked for one of the high-tech companies. He was really bright. Over the next hour we talked a bit, and I asked him about his business. He shared some of the details of his work with me. He then asked, “What do you do?” I responded, “I teach the Bible. I teach about who goes to heaven, and who goes to hell.” I left it at that.

I then picked up my book to appear I was not interested in talking any further. After about five minutes, he said, “Well, who does go to heaven and who does go to hell?” I said, “It’s not what most people think. It has nothing to do with being good.” And I left it at that again. Remember, we’re fishing, and a fisherman has to be patient. I felt the Holy Spirit say, “This guy is really sharp. You can’t just preach to him. Let him draw it out of you.” And so, I acted like I wasn’t interested, even though my wife and I were praying for him to be responsive and curious.

After a few more minutes, he asked me another question. He said, “Who does go to heaven? Isn’t a good person going to heaven?” I said, “No. Being good has nothing to do with it. It’s about a relationship.” This occasional question and answer sequence went on for three more hours. He eventually drew everything out of me. I was able to share the entire message of salvation with him, because of his own interest. Because every person is different, we must use wisdom and discernment in knowing how to communicate with them.

Matthew 10:16 says, “Be ye wise as serpents and gentle as doves.” Wisdom comes from the Holy Spirit so if we just listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, we can win more people for the Kingdom of God.

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By Bill Wiese, author of 
23 Minutes in Hell