Tuesday, December 23, 2014
What is the Answer?
A friend of mine one time was wearing a button just like the one you see above. I pointed to it and asked, "What's that?". He reached into his coat pocket and gave me a Tract which started out, "Since you asked..." and then he proceeded to tell me about Jesus and what he did for us on the cross. I have always admired that approach to the Gospel. It seems to me to be effective because we are not intruding and not pushing our faith on anyone...we allow them to ask the questions and allow God to make the answers they need to hear.
More importantly, it brings up the need that people have to have answers...correct answers to life's questions. Every Christian needs to know why they believe and how to tell people what they believe. People need answers and they deserve that answer that is loving and from the heart.
That is all Jesus wants us to do, isn't it? To love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love others just like He loves them. That's not so hard to do when you look at it that way.
In, Disciples Are Made Not Born: Helping Others Grow to Maturity in Christ – July 23, 2002 by Walter A. Henrichsen, there is a wonderful story of one college student that wanted to tell his roommate about Jesus (I am paraphrasing the story). Henrichsen discipled him and taught him all the right Scripture to say and how he should approach the topic. When Henrichsen thought the lad was ready, he accompanied him to his dorm room, where to Henrichsen's horror., the student used all the wrong Scripture and he basically bungled everything that Henrichsen had taught him. At the end of the ordeal, the student asked his dorm mate, "Would like to accept Christ?" Surprisingly (to Henrichsen) the student said, "You bet I would!". This event taught Henrichsen and important lesson. It's not about YOU; It's all about Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Many of us are afraid to share the Gospel, but seriously, it's just telling people an answer to their own question. How hard is that? You already KNOW the answer! "What's THAT?" It's the power of Jesus working through you...that's what it is!
Have a Blessed and Safe Christmas!