“Where are you on your spiritual journey? Are you moving toward God? Away from God? Staying about the same?”
Last week I in California for some meetings. Returning to Orlando last Friday night, my God-assigned seat was next to Amy (names have been changed). She was friendly and open to conversation.
As I asked Amy questions, she began describing her spiritual quest to know God. To her, God was some kind of new age being “who is out there somewhere.” Then she said, “God is OK, but I’m not very sure about the Jesus thing.”
Jesus is divisive. I remember hearing our director in the Middle East speaking about the U.S. interest in exploring similarities between Islam and Christianity following 9-11. He said that similarity discussions seemed to go along quite OK until the topic of Jesus Christ came up.
Jesus is divisive. He himself said, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34).
Paul said, “When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Cor. 2:1-2)
It turns out that Amy’s daughter is a college student at a nearby college. She is on the rowing team. I have a Campus Crusade friend who volunteers as the sailing coach at the college. Amy phoned her daughter Tammy (before we took off!) and she knows Coach Stephens also. God had established a point of contact between Amy and me.
It turns out that Tammy had a terrible car accident a year or two ago and had come to Christ as a result of that traumatic experience. Amy (the mom) had watched Tammy’s life take on purpose and meaning. While Amy was intrigued by the changes in Tammy’s life, she still wasn’t “very sure about the Jesus thing”.
We talked a while. I gave her a copy of the Four Spiritual Laws. She was interested in a church, but she also is somewhat of a free spirit. She told me where she lived and I recommended a very contemporary church called H2O Church.
Amy did not make a commitment to Christ. But she did take my business card and promise to email me after she reads the Four Laws booklet and visits H2O. I hope she does.
Asking questions is a great way to discover where a person is spiritually. If a person is open to talking about spiritual things, we can have an opportunity to talk about Jesus. To help me in my evangelism, I’ve found great ideas from Campus Crusade’s Cojourners project.
Every day we can look for opportunities to ask people “Where are you on your spiritual journey?”
Are you helping people learn more about “the Jesus thing” as they journey toward God?