While we know…

Posted: 5 March 2011 in Ramblings

…the peace we find in our faith and the joy we have knowing that all our sins have been forgiven, some are distressed because they do not know how to help others find it. Those of us who have been brought to faith in our Lord Jesus Christ sometime have difficulty when we discuss our faith with our friends who have not been so blessed (yet?).   While we know…

…that all followers of Jesus the Christ wish to share their peace and joy with their unbelieving friends. The peace we find in Christ is not logical and the joy we have exceeds any other happiness we can experience in our lives. Yet, it can be frustrating when our friends simply don’t understand when we try to communicate these things.  While we know…

…that some disciples of Jesus have been led to understand that their inability to ‘bring friends to Christ’ is a representation of THEIR lack of faith. They are told that if their faith was strong enough, then they would escort more friends into a saving faith in Jesus.   This is most unfortunate. For those who believe are NOT the ones responsible for “bringing people to faith” or as some would say “bringing them to Jesus”. When folks are walking in their own way, the prophet Jeremiah (31:18) tells us that it is the Lord who does the turning, “...bring me back that I may be restored, for you are the LORD my God.”  Believers cannot force or rationally explain faith into anyone. It is God Himself who performs the work, the action. For our Lord tells us, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:44 emphasis added)  While we know…

…that God shall raise those who believe in Jesus, some might ask “what means does God use to do this?” Simply stated, the means of grace. In regard to talking with unbelievers, an important ‘means’ would be speaking the Word of God to them. As the Apostle Paul instructs us in Romans, “So, faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (10:17) Offering living examples of the teachings of our Savior through our interactions with the fallen world around us. Speaking explicitly from Scripture of the teachings of our Lord. Quoting the promises of the world’s Messiah:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

or

All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” (John 6:37)

and one, among MANY, more

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b)

So what’s the ‘short answer’ to the question “how do we bring more people to faith in Christ?”

The short answer is……We don’t……God does.

God’s peace to all of you….while we wait.

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