It was common practice at the end of an internal audit assignment, for the audit client management (to whom we would have contributed in increasing organizational controls awareness and provided value added service to enhance existing controls ) , to invite the visiting audit team, to a farewell and appreciation dinner.
It was at one of these appreciation dinners when a director asked what I thought of Christianity. He described how he had been schooled in the USA and had obtained his Ph.D from a famous university there. He was a top socialite in the U.S. having had high level influential dancing partners because he loved to dance and was then a multi-millionaire – but there was a longing in his soul. He wanted to know about my experience as a Christian. He had many Christian friends in the USA and had attended church quite frequently while there, but never could believe what he heard, no he was not an atheist. We spent the whole evening during that long dinner session, not talking about work but what and who is a Christian. He was spiritually thirsty but he preferred the wine that night, which I declined, rather than choosing the cleansing blood represented by the wine in the Communion cup.
It seemed that evening was a wasted opportunity for him, for like Nicodemus of old, Jesus was knocking at his heart’s door that night , he knew that Jesus was a teacher sent from God but hesitated to accept Him. He had heard of and seen the miracles wrought in Jesus’ Name , for none of those could be wrought except by God – lives made right side up and diseases healed. Yet he chose the things that are temporal over the everlasting life that Jesus offers. Last I heard he was suffering from terminal cancer. I hope in his last days he found the Lord and remembered what I shared with him that “except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. It was a reminder to him then, because he knew it all along, just as the devil knows. He just could not believe. Yet, in not accepting Jesus Christ as his Saviour he was rejecting His great offer of salvation.
Friends, if the Holy Spirit is knocking at your heart’s door today, offering you peace this world cannot give, accept Him while you can. Do not wait to make your death-bed decision for Christ, for it may never come. “While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the day of provocation.” Hebrews 3:15