I love talking to people who have questions about God! I happen to have had a couple of opportunities this week just to have some authentic conversations with people. One woman asked me to tell her the story of Jesus. She was unclear about the timeline of His life and wanted someone just to walk through it with her. Another friend of mine asked me to tell her the story of creation and why I believe in God. Seriously! If you want to be challenged in your beliefs, try summing up creation over lunch.
When we decided to start a church, we consciously made the choice to foster an environment where people new in their faith or people with questions would feel comfortable. I will never regret that decision. Faith and believing in Jesus is a journey! I can remember getting my first Bible as a junior higher and being totally lost. I can remember learning to worship with singing and thinking how strange it was. I can remember trying to figure out how to pray and feeling foolish. I can also remember the awkwardness of walking into church alone and hoping someone would sit by me. Perhaps coming to Jesus as a young adult makes me feel a special bond to those people who are experiencing church for the first time. It’s like visiting a foreign country…exciting and intimidating all at the same time.
I lay awake at night and think about people. People who don’t know the love of Jesus like I do. People who are raising kids without Godly principles. People whose marriages are crumbling because they don’t have a Biblical foundation. Jesus has just been this incredible source of strength and love in my life. I look forward to every day that I get to share the love of Christ. What a privilege it is to know HIM!