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Walking in the Spirit

I have a story for you.

A guy I know was speaking at a conference. He had some friends in town, and they asked him to meet with a woman they knew. This woman had been dealing with a lot of troubles. The friends thought maybe the guy could help her.

So he met her for coffee. They sat down together and he asked her, “How are you doing?” She told him directly, “You know, I’m not a believer.”

“Yes, I know that,” he said. He started to say something else, but she was very defensive and interrupted him. “I don’t even believe that Jesus existed!” she told him. And then she went on in that vein. She was trying, verbally, to push him away.

Finally he got a chance to speak. He gently said, “I just wanted to ask you what you want in your coffee.”

She was so surprised! She said, “You don’t want to try to convert me?” And he said, “No, I just want to have this cup of coffee with you.”

“Okay,” she said.

So he went to the counter and got cups of coffee for both of them. By the time he returned to the table, she had calmed down. They sat there together for a bit, quiet, just sipping. And then she said, “Why are you here?”

He looked directly into her eyes and he said, “I’m here to have a cup of coffee with you.”

“You know I’m not a Christian,” she said. “I don’t believe in Jesus. So if you know that, what could you possibly have to say to me?” And he said, “I can tell you that Jesus not only loves you, but He likes you.”

The woman started weeping. That’s all he said to her, and she released all her pain.

I can guarantee you that scenario is not in scripture. You cannot open up the Bible and find the place where it talks about how to handle a woman in a coffee shop who is angry and hurting. Sometimes, we have to ask for wisdom.

Suppose the guy had told her, “Your time is coming. Jesus is coming back and it’s going to be too late. You’re going to go to hell.” What if he had said that to her? He would have turned her off. She would have walked out of that coffee shop, and that chance to know Jesus would have been crushed.

But that’s not what he said. He didn’t react to her feelings or her words. He just let her speak, and he got her a cup of coffee. He earned enough trust that she was ready to listen to him. And when she asked, “What do you have for me,” he told her, “Jesus loves you, but He also likes you.”

It’s all he had to say.

Not everything you need to know is in the Bible. Sometimes you need to walk in the Spirit. And when you do, you will receive wisdom. He got her a cup of coffee and told her exactly what Jesus wanted her to hear. This is a promise fulfilled!

More on this next time. See you Tuesday.

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