August 26, 2013
For seven years, “John”—has been receiving specialized treatment for a blood disorder. One day, he showed up for a routine appointment to discover that a man with the same last name, had taken his appointment. After sifting out the confusion with the doctor’s office, John and “Stephen” discovered that they were being treated for the same blood disorder—and their grandfathers were brothers. They were cousins! They exchanged numbers and have built a relationship over the past two years.
John then became a regional coordinator for My Hope America with Billy Graham and filled out his Matthew list. He added Stephen and his wife to his list. They were both angry and agnostic, largely because of Stephen’s declining health at such a young age.
Along with praying for Stephen, John continued to spend time with him over coffee and dinner. They shared many conversations about life.
One night Stephen didn’t show up to dinner. John called and discovered his cousin’s health had severely deteriorated. He was too weak, too tired to come to dinner. These are his last days.
John shared with Stephen the urgency of considering a relationship with Jesus and gave him some material to read at his leisure. At the next meeting, Stephen wanted to accept Christ. John prayed with Stephen to receive Christ in the middle of Starbucks! Stephen humbly requested for his cousin to do his funeral. He even agreed for the Gospel to be shared with his unbelieving family at that time.
John and Stephen don’t know how many coffee meetings or dinners they have left or how many more days Stephen will be here on earth. They do know that Stephen will have eternal life and the two of them will be together again.
Have you reached out to your Matthew list? God put each one of those people on your heart for a reason. He is calling their name, and you are the one to share that with them. Schedule a dinner or grab a cup of coffee today.
“For He says: ‘In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2, NKJV).