Knock and Ring
Last summer, I was enjoying some tranquil time on my front deck when I saw a young man go up the walk towards the neighbors’ across the street. A few minutes later, I could hear him yelling. Quickly, I put myself out of view in case something illegal was going down, but also stayed near in case I could safely intervene.
Suddenly, he appeared again, standing in front of the house, yelling this time towards an open window on the second floor, ‘Come on, Bruce! I know you’re in there! Come out and hear what God has done in my life. Jesus is good, man!’
I watched as his face fell and he started to walk away.
My husband and I called him over and he shared his testimony with us instead. It was inspiring and humbling to witness his passion and determination to not let any of his friends perish.
Ten months later, and after many, many knocks on that door, Bruce finally relented and went out with our ‘balcony boy’ friend. Bruce gave his life to the Lord, joining a few of his brothers and his parents in their walk with Christ. You see, when he knocked or rang and Bruce wouldn’t hear him or come out, his family members would. His tenacious convictions would not allow him to give up allowing a whole family to be impacted by his testimony.
This is what we found so humbling. That this man did not take no for an answer. Because he knew what the Lord does to change not only the heavenly life to come, but our lives here on this earth. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Balcony Boy has been bold and passionate, leading so many to Christ.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth”—(Acts 1:8, ESV).
Lord, forgive us for being so bland in our convictions. Remind us of our first love and fill us, Holy Spirit with a fresh filling of your power, making us bold and passionate witnesses for you, Amen.