Thursday, January 24, 2008

Street ball--fishing

This is from a guest contributor named Rob-roy. Thanks for the great story!

Last night my daughter and I went to the park to shoot hoops and share the
gospel. We brought small Gatorade bottles to give away (it was the first time I
have tried bringing drinks and it went well because ball players get thirsty) and
also tracts to share.
We shot around on one basket until the game that was
going on at the other side of the court ended. The guys playing were of course
thirsty so when I jumped in to hand out Gatorades it drew a crowd. I then handed
out million dollar tracts as I asked who was the "best" ball player on the court
and almost all of them said they were the best. I said "so you all think you are
a good player... do you think you are a good person?" They all did.
For some
reason I targeted the biggest guy on the court (named Matt) to try the curved
illusion card test and then had him take the good test. He claimed he was a
"good person" and that we just need to be good to go to heaven.
As we went
through the commandments to see how good he is his "boys" were as tough on him
as the law is. They were not letting him slide at all with his answers. So he
admitted to being a liar and thief. And also a murderer and adulterer at heart
(hate and lust). But then he claimed to not have broken the 5th commandment
(Honor Mom and Dad). He was the perfect child, never caused his parents trouble
and did everything told the first time. His "friend" said "Matt! What about the
time you got in a fist fight with your dad!". The look on his face was
priceless. Another lie? Yep. We all had a good laugh including Matt. If good is
how you get to heaven then it was not looking promising...
One of the other
guys though was trying to break up the discussion but the rest of the players
would not let him do it because they were hanging on every word and wanted to
see how this would play out with Matt "the big fella" trying to make it to
heaven on his own goodness.
We made it through the commandments, judgment,
destiny (Hell) and his mouth was stopped. And so was that of his buddies which
set up the gospel being shared. They were thirsty now for the spiritual water of
saving grace and they listened closely and nodded as it was making sense. The
penalty must be paid. Jesus loved us so much that he paid the fine 2000 years
ago on the cross. He is the only way because He is the only one who paid the
fine. Nobody else has paid the fine or even claimed to have paid it. Only Jesus.
Repent and trust in Him. They were getting it. They had "the look".
thanked them for hanging out with me and to think seriously about eternity
before going to bed. Nobody was offended but they were challenged. Heaven is too
important to get wrong.
They thanked me and even asked for more of the
curved illusion tracts! I pulled out more of those and handed them out. It is no
longer a surprise that non-Christians ask for more because they are a lot of fun
(and have the gospel on them). They appreciated someone taking the time to talk
with them about their eternal destiny. And in of all places the middle of a
street ball game. Fish On!

4 Him,Rob-roy

PS: Most importantly please pray for Matt and the other 7 guys who huddled
up and participated in the gospel discussion to be saved...