Can Jesus reach people who are searching for right answers in the wrong places? Sometimes people dabble in the occult because they are looking for answers to legitimate questions. They may be open to knowing Jesus, but do not know He is the one who can give them what they are looking for. They may be closer to meeting Jesus than you might think at first glance. Read this heartwarming story told by Jack Little of a young woman who found Jesus while reading tarot cards outside of a church youth meeting.
One night I went back to my office at the church…
As I arrived, the youth group was already meeting and I noticed three high school students sitting on the cement outside the youth door. I walked over to see if they were OK and noticed a girl doing a tarot card reading for one of the boys sitting with her. My first reaction was to say, “What the heck are you doing? This is the House of God and you are practicing witchcraft right here in plain sight! I rebuke you with the ten plagues of Egypt for such blatant effrontery.”
As I approached them, the Holy Spirit “landed on me” and told me to, “Calm down; sit with these kids.” As I sat down next to them on the concrete, I asked the young woman what she was doing.
She said that the young man she was doing the reading for had just been kicked out of his abusive home and she was trying to help him.
I asked her, “So you believe these cards will give you the answers you need to help this boy?”
She said, “Yes,” and explained that she had done readings before.
Then I asked, “How do you know what spirit is speaking through these cards?”
She answered, “What do you mean?”
I responded, “You believe some supernatural spirit is speaking to you through these cards. How do you know if the spirits that speak to you through these cards are good or evil?”
She said, “I don’t know.”
So further I asked, “Do you believe there are good and bad spirits?”
She said, “Yes.”
I told her, “The God I know does not need cards for Him to speak to me.”
She asked, “How do you do that?”
I said, “I just talk with Him and Him with me, anytime I want, or He wants.” At this point she was like the woman at the well who asked Jesus, “Sir, how do I get this living water?”(John 4 10-11). The young girl was ready to become a Christian. God had softened her heart and I had the wonderful privilege of introducing her to Jesus whom she now knows by name!
Jack Little (Association of Vinyard Churches) has planted five churched and sent out over 30 church plants from those five churches. I have known Jack since 1984 and highly recommend him as a leader of leaders. He has trained, released and mentored many church leaders.
-Alan Garrett, Editor, Expression 28
© 2016 Alan Garrett, alsgarrett.org