«Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy. 4:2).
Descarkes ana cabe sa de hee ehmana patricia heh usca acasa car heh ca ke vai,» is how Guillermo’s prayer sounded phonetically that day that he stayed at my house because of the difficult situation he was going through. I recorded him with my cell phone while he prayed in his native Cabécar tongue. Just at that moment when Guillermo was praying, a friend of mine arrived. I introduced them and left the table for a moment. When I came back, Guillermo was saying in his limited Spanish: «You Christian?”
«Yes,» my friend answered.
«You always go to your church?» Guillermo wanted to know.
«Yes,» she answered.
«Keep going,» he said. «Christ is coming soon!»
My friend was struck by the persuasive and sincere words of a humble and simple man; and I was impressed as well. When we left the house, we encountered a very dear neighbor, to whom I had scarcely spoken about Jesus in all our conversations. Guillermo, however, did so in his first (and perhaps only) opportunity. He greeted him as if they had known each other all their lives and then said: «Are you from church?» «No,» my neighbor told him dryly.
«You should worship God because Christ come at any moment.»
Guillermo’s mission on this earth was very clear to him and that led me to reflect on my own commitment to my mission. Guillermo was like one of the early church Christians of whom the New Testament speaks: he preached at all times, in season and out of season.
After the death of Jesus, «daily in the temple, and in every house, they [the apostles] did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ» (Acts 5:42). Every day! That was their life mission and they never lost sight of it. They were constant, steadfast, and committed to Jesus Christ. day when Guillermo came to my house, I had to exclaim to myself: «What a great lesson you taught me, Guillermo! Thank you.» Now the big question is: What will I do with it?