A Text From An Atheist

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Last night after I had fallen asleep, I received a text. When I woke up at 2:38, I checked my phone and this is what the text said: “Do you have the wrong number. I’m an atheist. Please, don’t text me again.” As I drifted back to sleep, I dreamed over and over again about that text, the person who sent it, what I was going to say to him and what I was going to write in this article; that went on until 5:22.

I love it when God clearly gives me an assignment; not a nudge, but a firm push. What kept going through my mind during those 3 hours was how Jesus always took encounters with others and turned them into a spiritual conversation; an exchange about their soul.

It all started with a nightly text that I send out to about 100 friends. The texts are usually famous quotations, Bible verses, Christian truths, etc. Here is last night’s text:

“1 year equals; 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,765 hours, 525,948 minutes, 31,556,926 seconds. In 2021, what kind of steward will you be with these blessings from God?”

Unless last night was the first time he had received one of my texts, there was something about that one that made him uncomfortable. Over and over again in my dreams I saw myself typing various responses to him the next morning. None of them shouted THIS IS THE ONE! I don’t know how many times I asked Father to give me the words; heaven was silent.

Here is what I finally sent him at 8:18. “So sorry for bothering you; this number used to belong to a preacher friend of mine. I will delete you from my list of contacts. Just wondering, have you always been an atheist? If you ever decide to take a closer look at JESUS, I’d love to visit with you. My cell # is: 630-730-8015”

I prayed hard as I typed out that response; I’ve kept praying every few minutes since then. I pray that the Holy Spirit can take those puny words and do something mighty in that man’s heart. It might be today, it might be many months from now; sadly, it might not happen at all. God still doesn’t kick in the doors of people’s hearts. He will knock really hard, but He won’t kick the door in. Each person has to open the door to their heart for Jesus to enter. As Joshua said, “… choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve …” Jehovah didn’t do the “choosing” for them.

So do yourself a favor and look carefully at the people you pass. Somehow find a way to have a conversation with them. Then ask the LORD to show you a way to move that conversation into a spiritual one; EVEN IF IT IS WITH AN ATHEIST IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. God bless.

Mike Sublett is a pastor at Hi-Land Christian Church, 1615 N. Banks St., Pampa, Texas 79065. Email him at pawdad@nts-online.net.

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