Charles enjoyed a good sermon when he heard one. That’s why he was eager to get to services one snowy Sunday morning because a famous preacher was scheduled to appear. (Charles didn’t know about the seventh-day Sabbath doctrine.)
Finally he arrived, only to find a handful of people there.
«Where’s the guest preacher?» he asked.
«He’s not coming,» a member responded. «Got snowbound.»
Charles sighed and made his way to his favorite seat in the balcony. He may as well stick around, seeing as he had dressed up, polished his shoes, and lugged his Bible halfway across town. Maybe I can learn something helpful from whoever speaks, he told himself. Besides, I’ve been feeling kind of guilty lately. As a matter of fact, I feel lost.
That’s when he saw the deacon step to the pulpit. Oh no, the boy moaned. He’s as boring as watching grass grow.
The deacon opened his big Bible, cleared his throat, and read one verse. «Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other» (Isaiah 45:22). He spoke for 10 minutes and was about to sit down when he suddenly pointed up at the balcony. «Charles,» he called out, «you’re in trouble, aren’t you? Turn to Jesus. Turn, turn, turn.»
The surprised youth nodded. «I will turn to Jesus,» he responded. From that day forward, Charles had a new determination in his heart. He grew up to be one of the world’s most successful evangelists. Not only had he learned to turn to Jesus; he spent his life teaching others to do the same.