In a post-Christian America I sometimes can become jaded and wonder if people are asking faith questions. It seems we are so self-sufficient, independent. Though I tend to roll in a world that is certainly a sub-culture of mainstream America I have been so encouraged this week with people who are honestly asking questions about Jesus.
On Sunday I met a guy who had been in the country less than three weeks. His youngest son told me he wasn’t all too interested in Jesus or His teachings. Ironically, after greeting him in his language, the man sat silently for awhile. His next response was this: “Who can I talk to that knows something about the Christian faith and how can I learn more?”
What a powerful question from Ian honest seeker.
I related this story to a friend of mine who is a committed Christian serving overseas. I said, “Who in asks that kind of question? I wish more people were asking that question.” My friend responded, “I wish I was asking that question.” A powerful response. I want to be asking myself how to learn more about Jesus and his teachings and honoring him with obedience.
I was able to talk with this new family again later this afternoon. The oldest brother in the family, who is also following Christ, despite opposition, related the “selling point” for Him in his search of Christ. He stated that he had searched through many other teachings and faiths and it was the compelling love of Christ who was willing to lay down his life for all humanity that ruined him. The Gospel God sending his son to die for us – save us from our sin, save us from Hell and give us newness of life. What a conversation today.
For me, there is no greater joy than seeing people I love and trust discover Jesus for the first time. Being able to walk with people as they ask honest questions is so powerful. Immanuel, God with us, is a good reminder of what kind of example we should be for those searching for the Light.
Over the holidays I hope to be able to follow up in depth with my new friends who honestly desire to know Christ. It starts tomorrow. J
Don’t let us ever be duped into thinking that the Kingdom grows solely with big buildings, budgets, and programs; the adrenaline of the crowd can cause us to think this way. All around the world, there is a band of people who are simply walking the walk with their friends (and sometimes their enemies) explaining the truth, living the truth, helping people walk in that truth. This is how the Kingdom grows – life on life, moment by moment, one conversation at a time. This is the story of people and churches that are red-hot and oozing with life. People are still asking about Jeus. May we be found faithful in sitting and listening long enough to be trusted.