Responding to Questions from a searching heart
JOHN SHIRK – Christians have been called by Jesus to represent Him while we live on the earth. That is why the Bible says we are ambassadors for Christ. When we consider that God has a mission for us, we are sensitized to the souls around us who live apart from God’s grace, and need Him desperately. One of the ways we can be a witness for Jesus is by listening carefully to the questions people are asking. What are they searching for? Are there indications that they are open to following Jesus as the Lord of their life.
This is what Philip faced in Acts 8:34. An Ethiopian official was reading the Bible, from the pages of Isaiah. He was reading, but not understanding. So, he asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. Philip used the question of the Ethiopian official to explain the relevance of Jesus to his searching heart. This is one way we can be a witness for the Lord in 2010.
That’s today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.