I Am Not a Prostitute“So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’
“Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.” Acts 26:16-20
Just one day after a sister in the Lord suggested I write more about my experiences doing streets ministry, and after I explained I do my best to write what the Lord gives me to write rather than to let my flesh run the show, the Lord placed on my heart to write something that occurred on the street. This very day. Just an hour or so ago in fact. And I wasn’t out ministering to others this time. I had a beloved friend on the phone ministering to me!
As I talked on the phone with my friend about what the Lord was showing me in the way of the battle in which I have been embroiled over the past few weeks, a man called out to me from where he sat in his car on the side of the road. I couldn’t hear him from the distance where I stood, not especially with traffic going by. I walked a little closer to his car as I stayed on the phone. Then I understood what he was saying.
He was inviting me into his car to go off with him. Know why? He thought I was a prostitute! My answer was immediate.
“Sir, I’m on the telephone. I’m a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ!”
As soon as I said the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the man immediately shut down and drove away. He knew he was done. He knew not to mess with the Lord. I believe he was convicted as he drove away. I am only sorry I didn’t give him a Gospel tract but hadn’t had enough time nor felt led to do so. Still, he had the most important thing of all. The name of Jesus!
Long ago, I dressed like a prostitute and in many ways acted like one. That was before the Lord Jesus Christ took control over my life. Long ago, I might have enjoyed the attention and invitation I received today. Not now, no way. If you think I was totally disgusted and angry and offended when this happened today, you are mistaken.
What I felt was heartbroken. That yet another soul on this earth has his back turned on the Lord Jesus Christ and needs to repent and turn to Christ as Lord and Savior of his life. Like countless people around the world whose backs are turned to Jesus.
Father, in Jesus’ precious name, I pray you would bring this man to repentance and bring him into your Kingdom and help him to flee sexual immorality and to turn lose all his sins and to throw his arms around you and your Word and to henceforth live for you now and forever and to spend the rest of his time on this earth chasing after you and using that old car to drive around and tell people that you, Jesus, are the only way to eternal life. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!
Friend, we have endless opportunities to tell people about Jesus and to pray for people to place their faith in Jesus who died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, truly surrendering their hearts and lives to God and His ways – now and forever, AMEN!
The Lord in the verses above called the apostle Paul to call people to repent from their sins and show forth in their lives the fruit of repentance, i.e. lives surrendered to God and His ways! Let us, fellow Christ followers, serve the Lord in proclaiming Christ as Lord to the world and around us and helping people to understand we all must repent from our sins and turn to God and His ways or face forever in torment in hell and the lake of fire. For the glory of the Lord God almighty, let us proclaim the truth about Jesus forever Lord, AMEN!