“Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.”
— Galatians 1:3-4
Today I went out with Auntie G (and her 17 year old daughter) to evangelise in Harlesden.
It was another eye opener.
Amongst the many people I spoke to, I met:
-A man who describes himself as a Christian, yet admittedly follows what he called “Judea-Christian” teachings….
if anyone knows what that means, please do let me know….
-A man who was impressed by our youth/age, encouraging us to preach the good news and not waver when we first spoke to him…….then two hours later, we found him smoking and trying to validate himself by emphasising that he doesn’t smoke weed or drink alcohol or inject drugs….
Today simply reminded me that I should not be deterred nor distracted by people who seem to know about Christ.
Don’t take people on face value. Especially those who seem to know the most.
Especially “Christians” who finish off the end to all your bible versesUh uh.
And I mean this in the sincerest way, but don’t take every self-styled Christian on face value. The bible says ‘by their fruits you shall know them’.
When I meet a Christian, I expect to taste a little of the fruits.
Are the fruits there?
Are the fruits on display for all to see?
Are the fruits ripe?
Are the fruits rotten?
But most importantly, what fruits do you see?
I always probe. I always ask questions. It’s not enough to tell me you’re a Christian/you go to church. As Witnesses, we can no longer be ending conversations at the mention of the phrase “I’m a Christian” or “I go to church”.
Let’s go a little deeper.
Not everyone who calls themselves a Christian is actually in Christ or following Christ.
Not everyone who goes to church knows Jesus Christ personally and individually.
Not everyone who calls “Lord, Lord” has made it….so let’s go deeper with our conversations.
Meeting someone on the street who is a Christian should not be a full stop, but rather a comma.
“So you’re a Christian? So what does that mean to you? Who is Jesus to you/for you? How is Christ real in your day-to-day life?