March 5, 2021 — The Furnace Repair Person

“My furnace has not been working right,” Stan commented.  “I had someone from Frank’s Furnace Fix come out the other day to check it out.”

“Did he get it fixed?” I asked.

“He did,” Stan replied, “and something else may get fixed as well.”

“What’s that?”

“The fellow’s eternal destination.”


“When he was all done and the furnace was working, he said that if there was any further problem, to just give him a call.  He said he was available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, if anything was needed.  I responded, ‘Just like God.’”

“You said that?  What did he say?”

“He asked me what I meant.  It was a perfect opportunity to tell him about the essential nature of a personal relationship with God through Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit.  I used what he had said about 24/7 and how it’s the same with my relationship with God.  That I can call upon Him anytime, anywhere, knowing He hears me.”

“Did the furnace man come to faith?”

“Not right then,” Stan replied, “but I told him that if he had any questions or anything he wanted to talk about, to just give me a call.  And guess what?”


“He called last night and I’m getting together with him for coffee this afternoon.  Please pray for our time together.”

“Let’s do that right now,” I responded.  And we did.


Bible verses to consider:  

You have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”  Romans 8:15.

But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those under the Law, that we might receive adoption as sons.  Galatians 4:4, 5.

Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard?  And how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach unless they are sent?  Romans 10:13 – 15.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, for sending Jesus into the world to redeem all who believe.  Thank you for those people you sent into my life so that I would know and have the opportunity to accept your free and gracious provision of life eternally with you when it’s time.  Thank you, too, for the opportunity of knowing you and Jesus while you keep me on this side of eternity, and for the opportunity to call upon you every moment of my life.  I confess that too often I do not tell others about you so they, too, will know the truth that will set them free.  Please help me in following your lead with every person you bring before me so I will tell them about you just as you intend.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Think on this:  Do you have the assurance of salvation for when your time here is finished?  If not, why?  If you do have that assurance, how are you doing with telling other people who may not know that they can have the same thing?  Don’t forget that you know because someone told you.  Would you like to be that “someone” for others?  If so, do you know how that can happen?

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