Of all the cabbies…

04/02/2007

Live wisely among those who are not Christians, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be
gracious and effective so that you will have the right answer for everyone. Colossians 4:5-6 (NLT)

What’s that line from the Humphrey Bogart movie? Most of us know the most famous one, “Play it again, Sam,” although that’s not exactly the line, if you watch the movie. But I’m thinking of another line from that same movie when Bogart says, “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she had to walk into mine.” Well, my cab driver might have been saying the same thing…“Of all the cabs, in all of Las Vegas, she had to get into mine.” (Taken from the movie, “Casablanca.”)

At the Las Vegas airport the cabs continually pull in, pick up passengers, and pull out, usually headed to the strip with their passengers. My ride was a bit shorter than most, but that doesn’t keep God from doing His thing…yes, even in the city of Las Vegas, or especially in the city of Las Vegas, I might say! God was all over this particular match-up!! By sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with my cabby, God planted some seeds in this driver’s heart through my words, and I can trust that God will bring someone else along to water them, and God will be the One to make them grow. Maybe one day, I’ll meet my cabby on the streets of gold and he’ll tell me how God met him on that day, just when he needed it most, and that because his girlfriend died from a horrible disease at much too young of an age, his life was changed for the better because God intervened many years later, into the heartache that he still had, and showed him what a healing God He was!

Why do we make sharing God’s Good News so very difficult? Why are we so scared to speak of it? What we should be scared of, are that people are going to Hell! That’s what unbelievers should be scared of too, not the believers that are trying the share the Good News with them! But, for the most part, we don’t think about our eternal future. We barely take the time to think about Heaven, and the eternal awesomeness of it!! So, why would we even begin to think about Hell, and the eternal horridness of it!

Why do we search for Jesus, invite Him into our lives, accept His gift of eternity, and then go on as if nothing at all has happened to change our eternal future? We should be rejoicing, but too many of us are still listening to the lies of the enemy when we should be eyeball deep in the Word of God! The Hope of God! The Promises of God!

When we embrace Heaven without fear, through a relationship with Jesus Christ, we can live fully knowing that God is in control. And, when we face the realities of Hell, the call to evangelize grows immensely.

By embracing the blessings of Heaven, we will live more fully each day.
By understanding the reality of Hell, we won’t let God’s Good News go unheard.