gospel wednesday

GW

{Sorry to everyone who is getting this post in their email subscription twice this week…I hit publish too early last night before I finished writing the post. Thanks for reading!}

A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting in a coffee shop working/meeting with my team. We were finishing up lunch and were about to discuss Jr. High Ministry, finalize some plans for our Mexico trip, and get stuff DONE. God, however, had something else planned for us.

A man sitting nearby scooted himself next to our table and asked if we had a moment to talk. He wanted to discuss a philosophy book he was reading for a class he was enrolled in. We said sure and he began.

His question had to do with the understanding of knowledge, but in terms of capacity. He was curious to know if we thought that people should attempt to understand things that are beyond their brain’s capacity of knowledge. For example, “Should a table try to understand a human being if it does not have the ability?” or “Should we, as human beings, try to know their own soul and their Creator if it is outside our ability or capacity to understand?”

He said from the start that he did not want to bring religion in to the discussion, but we let him know that we were okay with talking about God. We let him know that we were Christians, went to local churches, and were honored to discuss our faith.

The next three hours were spent going back and forth in conversation with this man and bringing the truth to his ears and heart. He was of the Bahai faith, so his views on God were very different than ours (me, my director, and my boss). We listened to his views, he listened to ours, and overall the discussion was really rich and a true blessing to me.

I was very aware of how present the Lord was, there with us; that He had gone before us and He was working through us to speak truth, grace, and the Gospel so clearly. It was really amazing to see God using all three of us in very different, but very specific, ways. It was a tangible example of the body of Christ for me.

In all that we discussed, I was most affected by this man’s views on sin. He said that his god would not give him anything that he could not overcome. This sounds good in theory but, in all reality, it’s not entirely possible. I was glad that I could encourage him with my own experience. I disagreed with him because, I told him, there is something in my life that I could never and can never overcome on my own. There is something in my life that tempts me day in and day out. There is something in my life that no matter how hard I try, I, in my own power, just can’t overcome. That “something” is my sin.

Then I got to share with him Who can and did overcome sin: Jesus! I was hoping he understood how amazing the grace of God is and that Jesus accomplished what we never could. I also asked him if I could read him a portion of the Bible. He agreed and I read him the beginning of Ephesians 2:

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Our conversation was challenging, exciting, and helpful. It was challenging because I wanted to see this man come to faith in Jesus and have an eternal relationship with the God of love. It was exciting because I have prayed that God would bring people into my life that I can share the Gospel with, and He did! It was helpful for two reasons: first, because I was able to see where I have room to grow in my knowledge of Scripture to better communicate the Gospel and, second, because I was able to see this man’s perspective and pray for his heart to be turned toward Christ.

Now I hope to meet with him again, talk more about God, and see how I can be praying for him. God is good!

Thank you for reading!

xo sarah

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