There were many who were part of leading me to Jesus. Which of these roles would you have most naturally played?
Matt - Christ follower. Matt was a committed Christian. He didn’t do the things I did. He simply befriended me. Sometimes he’d share his concern about some things I was doing but he wasn’t preachy. His life was convicting to me. He prayed for me. He spent time with Jesus daily. Bottom line: Matt was a friend who valued me as a person, accepting me as I was.
Nate - Campus ministry worker. Nate started a Bible Study in my dorm. I recall him asking us, “If you walked into the road and were killed by a bus, how certain are you that you’d be in heaven?” We discussed how we could know for sure where we stood with Jesus. Bottom line: Nate was a ministry leader who asked the hard questions, listened to my opinions, and shared his thoughts on truth.
Neil and Kevin - My roommates. Neil, Kevin and myself were all raised in church. But we felt that what we had experienced wasn’t quite the real deal. We were searching. Together. Bottom line: There’s power when people search together, when they’re not alone in the journey.
Chad - Christ follower. My friend Matt moved away during my second year of college. That void was filled by Chad. He was someone I could just hang out with and not feel like I had to pretend or be any different than who I was to be accepted. Bottom line: Chad was a great friend who loved Jesus and lived like Him.
Sara - Christ follower. Sara was beautiful in a totally different way than I’d ever noticed beauty in a girl before. She loved Jesus in a vibrant, fun, and energetic way. To hear her pray was to hear someone talking comfortably with a close friend. I fell in love with her and eventually married her. Bottom line: Being vibrant - but being yourself - is a captivating expression of Jesus.
Lynn - Campus Minister. When I asked Lynn about following Jesus with my life he put the scriptures in my hands. I read what the Bible had to say about knowing God through Christ. At a follow-up connection we talked about scripture, what I was learning, and how God might want me to respond. I was baptized that week. Bottom line: Lynn trusted God’s Spirit and His Word to lead me without telling me what to do or what to believe.
God - The Father, Son, Spirit. God wanted me to be part of His family forever. And He did what it took to draw me to Himself. He used lots of people in the process. Bottom line: All of the above happened because God invites all of His kids to participate in the process of bringing others home.
Who were the people involved in leading you to Christ?
Which part could you have most easily played in my story?
For whom are you a living reflection of Jesus in your world?