About a week ago I got to see the premier of the new Darren Wilson film, Holy Ghost. In case you’re unfamiliar, Darren Wilson has directed three world-famous documentaries capturing God’s power on film: Finger of God, Furious Love, and Father of Lights. The world has been waiting for the premier of his fourth film, and I was privileged to see it early at our friend Wix’s home in Fullerton. It was me, the Lohrmann’s, and one of my best friend’s Andrew eager for the night. We’ve been referring to ourselves as the “Tribe” as our friendships have grown into family. After about 2 hours of jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring content, the film was over. But our night was just getting started.
I don’t want to give away any spoilers regarding the movie, so I suggest you watch it! But the film definitely added fuel to the fire that was already burning in all of our hearts. So much so, that at 11pm on a Saturday night in an unfamiliar city, Andrew and I decided it was time to hit the streets and see what Jesus had to offer Fullerton. Simeon and Johanna prayed for us and we were off for an adventure!
God was faithful as He opened doors and gave us people to minister to. The scene was rather humorous to me. Here we were, two average guys roaming the streets of downtown Fullerton, immersed in the atmosphere of drunkenness and club-hopping. I thought, “The last thing these people want is to be interrupted with some God-talk and Bible-thumping”. But I was wrong. They did want this. Each time someone responded positively to our offer of prayer, I was reminded that people do want Jesus. Everyone wants a King like Jesus, whether they realize it or not. He’s called the Hope of the Nations (Matthew 12:21) and being aware of that truth makes ministry much easier. We must have confidence in the goodness and awesomeness of our God if we ever want to plant a successful seed in someone’s heart. It is our responsibility as the Christ-ian to represent the Biblical Jesus. We must represent the Jesus full of love, joy, and power. Remember, we are his ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20).
There were quite a few lovely encounters that Andrew and I had, but there was one in particular that I felt I should share. As we were walking past one spot, we saw two guys that were close to our age. They seemed pretty joyful, not drunk – just in a good mood. I whispered to Andrew as we drew near, “These guys.” He agreed and there the conversation began.
Us: “Hey guys do you guys have a quick moment?”
Them: “Yeah, Wassup?!”
Us: “We’ve just been walking around offering prayer to anyone who might need it, do you guys mind if we pray for you?”
Them: “Yeah that’s cool!”
Us: “What’s you’re guys’ names?”
Chad: “I’m Chad”
As Andrew and I prayed for them, I suddenly was given words for them. I didn’t know this would happen, but Holy Spirit took over, and I started prophesying over them! I told Chad, “Man, you have this curious heart about you. You love searching things out and getting real deep in everything. I see you as a kid just checking everything out seeing how everything works. But I feel like God is telling you He wants you to use that energy and gifting for him. He wants you to search Him and His heart out.” When I began telling him this he looked at me with this real trippy look on his face. His facial expression shouted “How the heck do you know this about me”. Before dialoguing about this moment, it was Brett’s turn.
I told Brett, “You have this real sincerity about you. You have an honest heart and you put your love on the table. But because you’re so vulnerable with your love, people can tend to screw you over on that. That frustrates you, but God wants to lift the offense off of you. He wants to make you feel lighter and live in a way that is so full of Christ, that you won’t care who ‘screws you over’.”
They began to affirm us and express their shock at how accurate these words were. Chad began to tell us that he loves researching things and studying different stuff. Brett didn’t open up about the details of his relationships but they were both astonished at how God had “nailed it”. We found out that Chad was an atheist and so I asked him, “Hey man, I’m not trying to push anything on you, I’m only curious to hear what is going on through your head as an atheist. What goes through your mind when two strangers like me and Andrew, come out of nowhere and declare such intimate details about you and Brett?” His reply was priceless, “I don’t know man, maybe there is a Higher Power…or you guys are just really f***ing good guessers!”
What was awesome about that moment was that all of us understood the Higher Power option to be far more likely and logical than the guessers option. I wish I had a picture of Brett’s face to share with you guys. His eyes were watering the entire time and he was clearly being rocked by God’s presence. Occasionally we would lock eyes and he would give a smile that showed me that God was teaching him something in that moment.
The conversation began to shift a little bit as Andrew and Chad began to share in a friendly discussion regarding beliefs. Chad expressed his beliefs regarding the purposes of religion and Andrew expressed our belief in the risen Jesus who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). It was so cool ministering with Andrew in this way because God used both of us in our unique ways. There was teamwork involved. God used me in a more “supernatural” sense and in the prophetic. Then Andrew taught scripturally and intellectually to speak God’s unwavering Truth into their hearts. It was a beautiful system we had. To be clear, neither way is better than the other. Someone who is used in the prophetic is not more important than the one who teaches. Neither is it the other way around. But both are needed. When Jesus walked the earth he prophesied and he also taught. Remember, “Whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing” (John 14:12).
That moment touched Brett and Chad’s hearts in a tangible way and it allowed them to walk away with something powerful to ponder. I am confident that God used that powerful encounter to warm their hearts and I know God is faithfully watering that seed that was planted. Chad actually said, “I’ve never met Christians like you guys before. Usually Christians are super pushy, but you guys actually care about us and what we believe. You guys just loved us. And that’s what religion’s all about – Love.”
No Chad, that’s what Jesus is all about.