Becoming a Christian will change a person. I have been one for so long, for me I became a Christian at age 20. I am now 58. I have forgotten how it is to not believe in God and not trust in his word.
When I became a Christian the Holy Spirit took up residence in me. It was like I had a spiritual GPS guiding me. Not an audible voice but more like an unspoken suggestion.
I took a trip in 2009 for training. the car I drove was a fancy (for me) company car, it had a built in GPS. Someone at work helped me put in the coordinates for my destination. I was guided directly to my training. They didn’t tell me how to turn it off or how to put in a new destination so on the way back home at every intersection the GPS would give me a new route to get back to where I had come from. I did finally pull over and figure out how to switch it off. But that’s what the Holy Spirit does in a believer when we stray. I can’t remember the term the GPS used, something like “recalculating” trying to show me how to get back. The Holy Spirit will use any and every bit of scripture that is in my memory bank and say “remember this? I think this applies here…” that’s why it’s so important for me to keep a fresh supply of God’s word in my head and heart.
“15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”
John 14:15-17 –
“Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.”
Philippians 1:27-30 –
Paul encourages me to live as a citizen of heaven, I have changed my citizenship and it changes the rules and guidelines l live by. At the company I work for we have rules for safety. If we have a contractor come on site to work they have to work under our safety rules unless their rules are more strict or stringent. In the same way I am to live under the rules of the land, unless the rules of my citizenship are more strict.
My basic rules are to love the Lord my God and love my neighbor.
“Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:37-40 –
I don’t have a lot of experience in one on one personal conversations about Jesus with people. My faith in Jesus will come up in conversations because it’s part of my life but I don’t try to start conversations talking about him. I think my point of this post is that I need to remember what it was like not believing in God so that I can share my faith in an intelligible way, a way that can be understood by someone who doesn’t have GPS (God politely speaking) in their head and heart.
I will most likely not sway or convince someone of the truth of God and his word in a conversation , but I can leave seeds of faith, seeds of God’s truth, and I can definitely tell them, better yet show them in a tangible way, that God loves them.
About 69% of the worlds population doesn’t believe in Jesus. Do they even know about him? Have they heard? Has anyone told them what Jesus has done for them? Can I have a part in that? Will you be a part of that? Will we be a part of telling a people that don’t know yet that Jesus died to save us from our sins? Will we be apart of telling the world about a God who loves them so much that he gave his only son, so that whosoever would believe on him, he gives the right to become a child of God?
It’s scary but I’m in. Are you?