Why Are You Waiting?
by Steve Hale
Some among us are so close to obeying the gospel. Some are non-Christians married to Christians. Some are young people who have yet to make the commitment to Christ. Some are friends who have worshipped with us for some months or even years.
The first place I preached (bless their hearts) was the church at Neely's Crossroads in Clay County. I enjoyed a wonderful year as their preacher while a student at Tennessee Tech.
We were blessed with a great number of folks who obeyed the gospel that year. While we were preparing to leave for a number of baptisms (the church did not have a baptistery at that time), one of the very sweet sisters came to me and asked me:, "Brother Steve, will you talk to Willie? He hasn't obeyed the gospel yet."
I was flabbergasted! Willie was at services every single time. I later found out that he had been attending with his good wife for some 28 years! I remember, with some trepidation, asking Willie if he had obeyed the gospel. When he told me no, I told him he was just too good a man not to be a Christian. I asked him why not now? What Willie answered, I'll never forget: "Brother Steve, I've been waiting for years for someone to ask me that." We went right then to the Celina church building, and baptized Willie and some others into Christ.
Willie was just waiting for someone to take an interest in him, just someone to ask him. There are people a lot like Willie attending right here at the Mt. Juliet church. Friend, if you are waiting for someone to just ask, hey, I'm asking! We care!
June 14, 1992
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