Can a person be a disciple of Jesus Christ and yet live and act the same as they always have? Paul Washer addressed this question 10 years ago at a youth evangelism conference in Montgomery, Alabama.
Here’s what he said:
Let’s imagine that I [Paul Washer] show up late and I run up here on the platform and all the leaders are angry with me and say, “Brother Paul, don’t you appreciate the fact that we’re giving you the opportunity to speak here and you come late!?”
And I say, “Brothers, you have to forgive me.”
“Well, I was out here on the highway and I was driving and I had a flat tire and I got out to change the tire and when I was changing the tire the lug nut fell off and I wasn’t paying attention that I was on the highway and I ran out and I grabbed the lug nut and soon as I picked it up in the middle of the highway I stood up and there was a 30-ton logging truck going 120 miles an hour about 10 yards in front of me and it ran me over, and that’s why I’m late.”
Now, there would only be two logic- …. I know no one studies logic anymore, but there would only be two logical conclusions:
1. I’m a liar
2. I’m a madman
You would say, “Brother Paul, it’s absolutely absurd. It is impossible, brother Paul, to have an encounter with something as large as a logging truck and not be changed!”
And then my question would be to you, What is larger? A logging truck, or God?
How is it that so many people today profess to have had an encounter with Jesus Christ and yet they are not permanently changed?!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV