+1 ? Or….
Yesterday I met X. X’s partner was not doing well (terminally ill) and X had decided to return to religion. (His own words)
Then we talked about John 3:16, Genesis 3:16-19 (and more, much more) and the price for the “apple” that was promised by God and God also keeps that promise. God is not only love, but also just. But that price is temporary, and we know what awaits in eternity…. a life without pain, without sadness. And that gives a different perspective on today.
And after some talking back and forth, he indicated that he would give his life to Christ because he was completely ready for that new perspective. Together, in prayer, we brought X, his wife and his family before God and X indicated in that prayer that he believed that Christ died for him and his sins, and he was ready for a different view of today’s suffering . Good news! Or….
I don’t know…. Somewhere I kept having an itch… does he really believe that Christ died for his sins, does he really believe that he is a sinful person and needs Christ as the only way to a beautiful eternity? Or does he want to believe that Christ is some kind of magical thing that makes you feel better?
Sometimes you have an itch, an “I don’t know”, an “inner Holy Spirit voice”. What would you do?
Do you ignore it and just raise the flag? Yes! +1!
Or do you do something else?
In this case, it is an important question with eternal value. So I linked X to a good local church to take the next steps with them and God. As Hebrews 5:13-14 says so beautifully:
For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.Hebrews 5:13-14
Somewhere something has landed like “baby milk”, but the next step towards “solid food” must(!) be taken because you cannot survive in this world on baby milk alone… and now it is up to God to get X from baby milk to solid food .
And with that, I let it go. Seed planted, on to the next one…