DayBreaks for 3/12/14 – When Someone Asks
NOTE: From the DayBreaks archive, dated 3/12/2004. Galen is traveling this week. New DayBreaks will resume next week.
A great thing happened at church today. A woman visited our congregation for the first time, and after services, she approached me and asked me if I’d seen the movie, The Passion of the Christ. I told her I had, and she told me she hadn’t been to see it yet, but that she had some non-believing friends who wanted to see the movie and they wanted to go with her. Like many Christians, she was a bit reticent to witness the brutality of the last 12 hours leading up to the death of Christ on the cross, but that wasn’t her greatest fear. Her greatest fear was that they would ask her questions and she wouldn’t know the answers. She didn’t feel like she was up to being a “spiritual leader” or teacher for them. We talked a bit more, exploring possible ways to deal with the situation, and I told her that we shouldn’t ever let fear of not knowing an answer keep us from telling what we do know, and admitting when we don’t know an answer. God isn’t dependent on our knowing the answers when He’s calling someone to Him. He’ll get the work completed – with or without any given one of us! Answering with a simple, “That’s a good question, I don’t know the answer, but I’ll find out” or “Let’s try to find the answer together” is a great way to involved the person you’re talking with in a study of Scripture, and it’ll help you grow, too.
But here’s what I thought about later on, and I wish I’d mentioned it when I was speaking to this lady (I’ll have to call her now!): when most people ask questions about God, they aren’t really looking for information. If they did, they could go online or visit a library. What do they really want? They want to talk to someone who knows Him.
You see, your head can be crammed full of facts about God, the Trinity, the history of the canon, the culture of the first century and the writers of the new testament, but all that means nothing if you can’t tell your friend about the God that you know. If you can tell them about what He has done for you, what He means to you, how He has changed your life and given you freedom, hope and a future as well as meaning for this life, you have a treasure that is far greater than information. You can truly point them to Jesus.
Could you tell someone about your best friend? Can you do the same about your friend, God? That’s the heart of evangelism in a nutshell – telling your friends about your best Friend in the universe.
Psalm 73:28 (NLT) – But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.
PRAYER: Thank You for what You have done for us! Give us hearts eager to tell others that we know You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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