A tinker was a man who mended pots and pans. A tinker named John Bunyan, not a Christian, was eavesdropping on a group of ladies in Bedford England in the seventeenth century. He said ‘I came where three or four poor women were sitting at a door in the sun and talking about things of God. I drew near to hear what they said. Their talk was of a new birth, the work of God in their hearts, also how they were convinced of their miserable state by nature; they talked how God had visited their souls with his love in the Lord Jesus. They spoke as if joy did make them speak; they spoke with such pleasantness of Scripture language, and with such appearance of grace in all they said that they were to me as if they had found a new world. I left them and went about my employment but I was greatly affected by their words’.
As a result of this, and other experiences, John Bunyan was converted and went on to write perhaps the most influential Christian novel of all time, ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’. But what if the ladies had been complaining about this and that. Would he so readily have come to faith?
I was challenged by this story - would people listening to our conversations be so affected? But I was also blessed by it. Praise the Lord for faithful believers in times past.