HOW GOD REALLY CAN SOFTEN A HEARD HEART
For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
(1 Corinthians 15:9-10)
As he approached the end of his life, atheist philosopher John-Paul Sartre declared, “I do not feel I am the product of chance, a speck of dust in the universe, but someone who was expected, prepared, prefigured. In short, and being whom only a Creator could put here; and this idea of a creating hand refers to God.”
This was a shocking turn for Sartre, who has spent much of his life ardently defending atheism. After his death, his longtime lover Simone de Beauvoir protested, saying, “How should one explain the senile act of turncoat?”
For Sartre, this change of heart went against almost everything he had ever espoused in his life. And while most likely didn’t embrace Christ before his death, who can deny that he had begun to see the light? As we look at unbelievers, there are many who, like the apostle Paul before his conversion, seem to be beyond hope. They’ve hardened hearts again and again, and it doesn’t seem like they’ll ever come to the truth. But like Paul, we should never lose hope that they may see the light of Jesus.
Don’t give up on anyone. Keep the hope and continue praying and sharing Christ, trusting that God can soften even the hardest heart! Wheels Of Grace founder Peter K. openly rejected Christ while his younger brother witnessed to him and prayed for several years. .