Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Genuine Living and Genuine Relationships

I often find myself wondering if I am living out my life the way I'm supposed to live it, and this also tends to make me ask myself, "did I even bother so much with talking to a friend outside of the church about Jesus?" This past month has gotten me to reflect more on the past readings through the book I have been reading, how it talks about everyday conversations as a way to practice true evangelism.

Part of the book mentioned about how Gentiles had begun to learn the truth and become followers of Jesus Christ (you can find it in Acts 10:1-11:18). Here, you have a man named Cornelius, who was a God-fearing Roman centurion, receiving news from an angel that a man of God was to come, and Peter, one of the Twelve Apostles, who was sent by God to go see Cornelius. Once Peter had spoken with Cornelius and the other Gentiles in that area, he baptized them and returned to Jerusalem, justifying this action to the other Jews. I thought it was rather interesting that the authour brings this up. What you see here is an amazing example of how evangelism, or "spiritual friendship" should look like. Clearly, the authour is assuring that God wants to extend himself to everyone, not just a few people, and that we should remain humble when helping other people in their journeys.

Reading more through this book has got me into noticing that it doesn't take much to evangelize if all you have to do is talk to somebody about Jesus. I also noticed something really interesting over the past couple of weeks: part of how Power to Change works is through these relationships with others, handing out articles and discussing them sometime later in the coming weeks. I believe that we can learn a lot from these people as they have been doing this stuff for many years and have experienced what it's like to be in such a friendship with someone who is seeking answers to life's biggest questions. For one thing, they show humility by making Jesus famous wherever they go, proving that being humble before God is part of the key to living genuinely as a follower of Jesus Christ.

Now as I continue on my journey as everyone else (yes, that includes you too), I pray that we all can take something in from all of these thoughts. If you want more information about Power to Change, you can check out their website here.

God bless you all and thanks for reading.