The other day, we were moving some youth equipment from an old, temporary storage building to a new, permanent facility. Unpacking lots of stuff, we uncovered a treasure that I had forgotten about -the heavy, broken, beat up, and nasty blue lockers. These lockers were originally purchased a few years ago for students to pen down the names of their un-saved school friends on them. This was a FAITH prayer statement that God was going to turn the heart light on, in both students. This was a moment that God could use the saved student to take a STAND & the lost student to UNDERSTAND. At Converge 2008, students graffiti-ed up these nasty, blue lockers with hundreds of names.
Now, here’s the cool story: the lockers were stored away, not even touched for another year. We wrestled with using them again for Converge 2009. They are heavy, ugly, and extremely hard to move. We decided despite all the moving hassle to use them again as a declaration of FAITH. During a prayer time in the Encounter service, Megan, a student from Lone Oak, boldly walks over to share her story. She pointed us over to the lockers and said, “Last year, I came to Converge and wrote the names of three of my best friends at school that did not have a relationship with Jesus on those lockers.” She then unashamedly puts her arms around three of her friends standing close by. Megan then declared, “These three are the names I marked on those lockers last year. They are HERE! They know Jesus!” She then took us over and show us the actually names written on those nasty blue lockers. WOW- who would have thought that some pieces of metal could be used as a tool to save some friends. God did and He did! Needless to say, we were overwhelmed.
Praise God for students with the courage to step out to see their friends come to Jesus. Questions for you: Where are your lockers? Where are you recording the names of those needing Jesus?