A friend of mine, who is a pastor, told me of an experience of his that I want to share with you. He got one of those dreaded fake phone calls that we all hate. Someone had called while he was out, claiming to be from the IRS, and left a message saying that he owed a large sum of money and needed to contact them immediately or they would put a lien on his home. He knew it was false but felt like he wanted to talk to a person about it. So, he called the number.
A young lady answered. She gave him a name and told him he owed $4800 on his IRS tax bill. She wanted him to settle right then and there. After talking for a while he asked her, “What religion are you?” She sounded surprised but said, “I am a Christian.” He told her she was talking to a pastor and was sure that what she was doing was immoral and against what God would have her to do. He told her she knew that taking money from people was wrong and a sin. After talking to her for a while, he asked her what she thought. She said, “I do this because of my family. My brother is in the hospital. I need the money.” He told her there had to be a better way to make money.
He shared with her that our eternal relationship with God is more important than any possessions we gain here on earth. He could tell that she was listening because the line got quiet. She apologized and asked him to pray for her. Right there on the phone he prayed with her. He told me that he could sense God’s presence working in her life. I guess for me the moral of the story is be sensitive to God’s Spirit. You never know who He will allow you to minister to.