Before every show I go to, I always pray that God would use me to be a light, encouragement, and blessing while I am there, in whatever way that looks. Two nights ago, I took my friend Olivia with me to a show and we prayed together before for opportunities.
God answered in some really awesome ways.
During one of the band’s set, the guitarist began sharing a message and asked a question, “What is most important to you? What are you most concerned about?” He prefaced that question with asking them to just consider it, not answer out loud. Of course someone mockingly shouted, “Getting laid!” He ignored it, but the same person kept it up, so he called them out on it. “So what you’re saying is that what you’re most proud of is getting personal pleasure out of a woman’s body who is not your wife?”
He called it out on what it really was and challenged that in a way that just leveled with the fact that we are all selfish and sinful (a part of the gospel a lot of people leave out, which his essential to recognizing our need for repentance and forgiveness). The rest of what he had to say was solid. He lovingly shared the truth with everyone in that place. I’m sure some people don’t want to hear the gospel at a show, they just want the music, but I’m so thankful some bands are bold enough to share what needs to be heard the most.
After that band’s set, a guy came up to me and my friend and asked us, “Are you guys feelin’ the vibe here?” while pointing at the stage. We asked what he meant, although I had a feeling I knew already.
"All that Jesus crap and ‘God loves you’ stuff," he said scoffingly. We both said, "Yeah." He looked surprised. "Really?"
"Yeah, Jesus is my God and I worship Him. He is real to me and He’s changed my life," I told him. He turned and began to walk away, assuming he’d just offended us by what he’d said, I guess. I caught him and said, "Hey wait man, we can have a conversation about this. You are allowed to have different convictions than me. I want to listen to what you have to say and hear you out." So he took two steps back and stood with us. We had a really good conversation and talked through some things. Olivia and I listened and asked a lot of questions throughout to understand where he was coming from.
I found out, crazily enough, he was the guy who yelled out “Gettin’ laid” to the guitarist. He said it was a joke, but regardless, didn’t believe anything about God. I was able to share the truth of what it’s about, what’s real about God and the gospel, and testify briefly to how Jesus has changed my life. I was able to tell him, “No matter what you believe about God, He loves you as you are right now, He accepts you, and He will always love you. He is real.”
It may have been the first time he’s heard those words or had a conversation with authentic Christ followers.
Olivia and I probably wouldn’t have gone up to the random dude who yelled that, but we didn’t know it was him, and God actually brought him to us. And he honestly probably listened to us and was wiling to have a conversation with us because we were two girls, but it’s cool that God used us as girls and placed us there that night at that show together.
I was just floored by the opportunity and how the Holy Spirit works. First, that the guitarist was obedient to speak a challenging message about sin, selfishness, God, love, and what Jesus did for us on the cross- and that second, Olivia and I didn’t have to go seeking out opportunities; God brought the exact person He wanted us to speak to and have a conversation with to us.
After the show, we got to go up to the guitarist and speak to him about it and how God basically followed-up, and we got to pray for him, too.
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:5-9,
"What after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each His task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.”
What is the guitarist? What is Olivia? What is Breanna? We’re just serving God with whatever He puts in front of us; it’s all because of Him we even have the chance. We simply got to join in with what God was doing. We each had a part; the guitarist ‘planting a seed’ (the Word; Luke 8:11) and us coming after to ‘water’ it; but God ultimately is the one who makes things grow; if there is fruit out of our obedience to what God gave us to do, it’s because of His Holy Spirit at work. It’s in His hands.
I’m not sharing this because me or Olivia or the guitarist are great, but to show how awesome it is the way the Holy Spirit works and orchestrates everything happening so one person can hear God’s love for them.
Olivia and I were just available and present for God to use. We came there to be used to love on others and speak life if we got a chance. God answered those prayers and gave us an opportunity. We just got to see what He would do in it, and genuinely I love knowing that God loved that guy so much that He had us there to tell him and talk to him about the real Jesus and His love for him.