Dr. C. Sumner Wemp
This is what it is all about. Recently I went to a large home improvement store. Just inside were three clerks. I asked directions to what I needed. They told me and I said, “Let me give you some good directions,” and gave each one “Your Ticket to Heaven.”
Two of them took it and turned to their work. The third lady thanked me and said, “I need that.” I hear this often. I said, “We all do. Just read it and from your heart do what it says.” She said, “I will do that tonight.” She was a black lady from Ethiopia.
A couple of days later I went back and found this lady. She saw me, her face beamed and she blurted out, “I did it, I read it and prayed the prayer.” After talking to her a few minutes, it was obvious she understood it and was really saved. Following this up, I have gone back several times and she is going on with the Lord.
Last week I went back to get some hardware I needed. She was off that day. Two ladies helped me get what I wanted. I gave each one “Your Ticket to Heaven.” One assured me she was already saved. The other said, “I will read it.” Just about 15 feet in front of us was a sharply dressed business man with about 9 employees around him. The Christian lady said, “There is the ‘big boss’, give him a ‘Ticket’.”
Gladly, I went to the big boss, Frank, and said, “That lady said I should give you a ‘Ticket’.” He took it, read the title out loud, “Your ticket to Heaven,” and said, “Wow. I will read that.” The other employees began sticking their hands out wanting one. By now I was in hog heaven.
The next week I went back to see if I could talk to Frank. I found he was not the big boss of that store, but the Vice President of the whole company of several hundred stores. God did all of that and a man, most of us would never get such a chance to witness to, got a chance now to go to Heaven. That is what keeps me fired up. You never know to whom you might be giving a chance to go to Heaven when you graciously hand someone a tract. We could change the world for God if we would just do it!
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“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase”
– I Corinthians 3:6
A great truth. Every person you and I lead to Christ, you know someone else has planted seed and prayed fervently for them. You know better than take any credit for it or God might just let you try it all by yourself and you would fall on your face.
Call Dad. One day I led a dear Christian lady’s husband to Christ in their home. My, the tears of joy flowed as they rejoiced and wept together. Then he said, “Preacher would you wait and let me call my Dad in Kentucky? He will be thrilled to death.” He called and told his father he had just gotten saved and handed me the phone. The father was weeping and thanked me over and over for leading him to Christ. He had prayed for his son for years. God did that.
Unknown soldier. One day I handed a lady a gospel tract and asked her to read it when she had time. She replied, “That’s funny, Someone else gave me one of those a week ago.”
“That’s wonderful” I said, “did you read it?”
“Yes,” she replied, “and that is all I have been able to think of all week.”
God had her heart so ready. Anyone could have led her to Christ. I told her how God loved her and the Lord Jesus suffered and died for her sins, paid her debt in full and rose again. By now tears were flowing. She gladly bowed her head and prayed out loud to receive the Lord Jesus as her personal Savior. She confessed Christ publicly and has gone on with the Lord. The fellow who gave her the first tract, won’t know it until he gets to Heaven how God used his tract to get this dear lady to go to Heaven.
This just hit me today. I have given out thousands of tracts. There must be any number of people where someone like you came along and led them to Christ and we will shout together when we get to Heaven and find out about it.
Oh, dear people, there are millions of others where someone planted and is now praying that someone will lead their loved one to Christ. We have just got to get “the gospel to every creature” and find the ones where someone else planted and watered and see God give the increase. That is reality living.
All Because of Calvary, C. Sumner Wemp
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