“Do you know Jesus? Can you tell me about Him? He came to me in a dream and told me to ask someone to tell me about Him.”
This conversation is happening in our area, in our neighborhoods, here in Durham, Hillsborough, Chapel Hill. Our Muslim neighbors are meeting Jesus in their dreams. They want to know Him. Are you prepared to tell who Jesus is? What He has done? Why He has come? Where He is now? Why do we need to know who He is? What will happen next?
I bring this phenomenon to our attention because we must be prepared for this scenario:
- We need to be prepared to receive others who come seeking Jesus.
- We must be winsome and welcoming as we encounter seekers.
- We need to know and be able to communicate the basic Gospel message – that God created all the world and its inhabitants, and man in His image, and that He did so because He desired fellowship with the man and woman He created – that a very long-lasting and terrible thing happened to disrupt the beauty that God created, the fellowship with humans, the fellowship between humans, the peace within humans, the relationship with the beautiful earth that God created -that Jesus came as a human being to earth to live, to teach about God’s kingdom, to suffer, to die, taking our ugly sin-natures upon Himself, enduring separation from His own Father, conquering death to come back to life, ascending to heaven to return to His Father, and to open the gate for all who will believe Who He is and What He has done, so that those who trust Him can enter into an eternally beautiful relationship with our Creator, redeemed and restored to God’s original intent.
- We need to be prepared to walk with these seeking neighbors to the point that they may come to trust in Jesus and learn to walk with Him and become more like Him, helping them to understand His Word and what it means for their lives.
- We need to be able to welcome them into worship with larger gatherings of God’s people and into life groups to learn to live life with small groups of God’s people.
Isn’t it amazing that we do not have to go, that God is bringing people, that He is introducing Himself to them, and then guiding them to us to continue the work that He has started? Listen carefully to His Words in Matthew 28:18-20:
All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually – regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.
Peter gives us further instruction in 1 Peter 3:15:
But in your hearts set Christ apart [as holy – acknowledging Him, giving Him first place in your lives] as Lord. Always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within you, yet [do it] with gentleness and respect.
So, now being aware of what God is doing among us, pray and ask Him to help us all to be alert and watchful, ready to tell about Him to anyone who may come asking. What a privilege!