I remember when I first received a call from Jason (or whatever that particular person’s name was) informing me that I had problems with my computer. As it turned out, my computer had been acting up, although it was nothing serious. I was waiting for a good time to have it checked out. So, I was willing to talk with him until I discovered that he wanted me to give him control of my computer. As the expression goes, Fool me once shame on you; fool me twice shame on me.
Periodically over the years, I have received calls from other “helpful Jasons” who are calling to assist me. In the past, I have had some fun with them, saying bizarre things that threw them off guard. Once, I thanked the caller profusely for helping me the previous day at no charge. I told him that it was nice that he had done all this for me for free!
This morning, before 8 o’clock a.m., Jason called. Same accent, same sales pitch, and same persistence. At first I responded with a clever retort, intentionally meant to amuse my husband who was preparing to leave for work. Jason told me that he would call again in five minutes. I told him that was unnecessary, but he persisted.
Before he called back, I thought to myself – I am missing a tremendous opportunity here. So, when phone rang again (in 2 minutes), I answered and told Jason that his only hope in life and death was the Lord Jesus Christ. I told him that defrauding people was contrary to the law of God and that he should repent. I told him that a life spent cheating people, misleading them, and possibly ruining their credit and their life was something the Lord hated.
Jason kept trying to talk over me, but I thought he should know he wasn’t the only one who could be persistent. He tried to back out of the call, saying he would call me another time. I told him, “Only call me if you repent of your sins and want to understand how to be right with God.” I wonder if he will ever call me again.
I could have missed an opportunity to share my faith with someone who was coming to me!! It doesn’t matter that he had a totally different reason for the call. What matters is that if I get used to sharing the most important thing in the world with the people God puts in my path, I’m living out the command the book of Romans 10:14,
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed?
And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?
And how are they to hear without someone preaching?