His name was Jim, and as a young man, he was my best friend. There was something different about him, and at the time, I didn’t know what it was, but I found out later it was his faith in Jesus Christ. At that time, I didn’t have a similar faith, and I don’t remember him talking about his faith or what made him different. Later, after Jesus became my Savior too, he told me he had talked with me about what Christ meant to him before that night, but I don’t remember that. My heart must have been so darkened, I wasn’t listening.
I did notice, however, that he was friendly with everybody. I did notice that he didn’t judge people. I did notice he talked with me and listened to what I had to say. I remember he took the time to play pool and ping pong with me, as well as volleyball. When he asked me to go to a Nicky Cruz crusade, although I didn’t know what I was getting into, I went.
Although I had heard about Christ before, it was there the love of Jesus touched me. As I found out how the love of the Son of God had changed a violent man like Nicky, who had led one of the roughest street gangs in New York into a saved person who wanted to share the love of Christ with everyone, I began to believe God loved me too, and that His Son died on the cross for my sins and rose again to give me a home in heaven. I trusted the Son of God, Jesus Christ as my Savior that night. Nicky Cruz and I had lived very different lives before being saved, but we did have one thing in common: we were sinners, and God loved us enough to let Christ die for us.
Sunday, September 30, 2018, is Trinity Baptist Church’s annual Friend Day. I am glad Jim was my friend. I am sure the Apostle Peter was glad his brother, Andrew, was not only a brother, but a friend, and introduced him to Jesus. Who was a friend to you by introducing you to Christ, someone at school, work, church, a parent, spouse, brother, or sister? Who can I be a friend to on Friend Day? Who can you be a friend to?