Do you live your life as if Jesus is the greatest thing you’ve ever found?
This is an easy question to answer ‘yes’ to coming out of a great worship service or sermon. It’s almost a silly question after those events. Yet, I’m not talking about intensity of emotion though. I don’t expect anyone to have the same fervor for Jesus during a visit to the dentist as during the bridge of Great Are You Lord. Though, both events do speak of God’s glory.
I’m more so asking about a position of the heart. As humans we talk about great things. These great things don’t come up in every conversation, sometimes I just need to know who wants to eat El Milagro with me, but these great things come up. Great things like a good song, or a well-structured plot in a film.
The thing about these great things is that they’re usually singular events. Our relationship with Christ, on the other hand, is a renewing joy filled with various moments and events that never disappoint. Difficulty, peace, providence, deficit, it’s a lovely bouquet of events that in the end is more exciting and enriching than any other life we could have lived. The best thing in life we can get is Christ.
As humans we love to talk about great things.
I have a friend of mine who is line to make a lot of money. We talked and shared about our mutual fear of greed and losing ourselves in money. Yet, we also talked about our mutual life experience of losing money over car repairs. He’s not a believer, and though we have our mutual experiences, there is a big difference between us because I have God. Good thing about God is that He hates greed and pride, so He will crush that if it comes into my life. Also during the financial struggle of having car problems, I knew that I would be pressed, but never crushed. I trusted God and knew that I wouldn’t be destroyed and there was a point to my struggle. My only concern was how much disposable income I’d have in the end. Yet, with my friend I didn’t share my hope. I didn’t think to share the protection and benefit of the Gospel with him. I only realized that I could have shared later that night before I went to bed. I then prayed and knew I’d see my friend again.
Here’s a positive story. I was prepping for my sermon on January 18 at Poet’s South. A friend of mine, a 61 year-old man that had distaste for Christianity from his years in catholic school, came up to me and asked what I was doing. With hesitance, I answered him honestly. He was surprised I spoke in public and asked what I was going to talk about. I had been praying for this man’s salvation since last year. Finally, I had the opportunity to share the Gospel, and I laid it on heavy. I talked about the deeper and thicker things of grace that made me tired from the passion of it. I knew he could handle too because of his background. He then wanted to hear me speak, and joked that he would heckle me. Once again with hesitance, I told him where I was speaking and when. Luckily he didn’t heckle me and he got to hear the gospel again. He didn’t convert to Christ, but maybe he did long ago and God is pulling him back. I dunno. Conversion and the hearts of man is not my responsibility. I was obedient to share, and honestly it was the easiest thing to do and rather fun. It was an opportunity to play.
Satan, the great deceiver, often confuddles us into thinking sharing our faith is complex and we need to have all our ducks in a row. That’s a partial lie. Absolutely, it is a complex and marvelous thing to pull someone from darkness into light, but that’s God’s job. It’s the responsibility of the Holy Spirit. Also we don’t need our ducks in a row, we just need to be obedient. Now sometimes obedience involves our ducks in a row, but not always. Here’s the thing. No one can prove or disprove what you felt when you are or were with God. The reason is they weren’t there. They have guesses, but none of them are fact. Secondly, God really can’t be proved or disproved because in all of our attempts to study Him, He can choose whether or not he wants to show up for the study. We can try and use logic but we are limited in our human understanding. As a result, pretty much all arguments about God’s existence become void.
Simply politely share your experiences. If someone gets offended, it’s just your honest experience and they can’t be mad at that. Yet, if they are, politely move on. At the same time, people usually are agitated when God is moving their heart. I have a lot more to say about this, but I’ll save it for subsequent blog posts.
For today just remember, sharing our faith is easy if we simply share how great God has been to us in our lives. It’s nothing to worry about and flows naturally like conversation. (After all, if were awkward and struggling the person probably feels our struggle). Satan tries to make it complex, but he’s just lying. So let’s go and share.