Kyle Martin preachingM2M shares a blessing and ministry update from our friends at Time to Revive. After I had walked around the University of South Carolina campus for a while, Rich and I came across an outside area that had recently hosted a celebration.  People were celebrating when 50 years ago blacks and whites came together for the first time in the USC college classroom.

As we came upon this area, there were only 2 people left, two employees with USC who were just leaving the area.  Interestingly enough, everything from the party was still set up.  So immediately, the Spirit of God prompted me to walk behind the podium that was still in place.  And in front of the podium were 20-30 empty chairs.

When I came behind the podium, the Spirit of God said, “SPEAK.”  Without hesitating, I began to declare the Gospel.  At first I thought, “There is no one here.  No one is sitting in the chairs.”  Occasionally, a person would walk by, but from my perspective no one was around.   It didn’t matter.  The Spirit of God took over and gave me the words to say.  Matthew 10:19-20 says, “…don’t worry about how or what you should speak.  For you will be given what to say at that hour, because you are not speaking, but the Spirit of your Father is speaking through you.”    

God had a purpose.  He had a plan.  Even if I couldn’t see what it looked like.  I knew out of obedience and love for my Lord, I knew I was to talk about Jesus here in the public place.  Peter preached to the people at Solomon’s Colonnade (Acts 3:11-12).  Philip preached the good news to crowds of people in Samaria – in the public (Acts 8:4-8).   The only difference between what I did and what Peter and Phillip did – they had crowds and people to hear the message.

When I was done going thru the Gospel, I closed in prayer.  I picked up my backpack and started to walk back towards Rich.   As I did, my heart quickened.  I saw one of the two USC employees just standing there.  Without me even knowing it, the employee (who was standing behind me) had stood in the corner waiting and listening to the message.

Her first question as she saw me walking towards her was, “What book is that?” That was all I needed to hear.  Shayla’s heart was softened and open to the Truth. God had already prepared her for this moment.

She was ready to place her trust in Jesus as her Savior.  And just when I thought I was preaching to nobody, God meant it for somebody.

All for His glory.

Kyle Lance Martin