“But sanctify Christ in your hearts, always ready with an answer to everyone asking you for an account about the hope that is in you.” – 1 Peter 3:15
Recently, I shared a clip of Dr. John Perkins talking about a question that Christians shouldn’t be asking people. If you didn’t see it, click here. I have not been able to get what Dr. Perkins said out of my mind.
It reminded me of a personal account I read some years ago by a pastor who served on a college campus. He had started a relationship with a young man, a college student. While they were talking over coffee one day, the pastor decided to share the gospel message with this young man. As he was explaining the gospel to him, the young man was nodding his head like he was agreeing with what he was hearing.
So, the pastor decided to go for “closing the deal.” He asked the young man if he wanted to pray to receive Christ as Savior. The pastor was shocked by what the young man said next. He said, “No thank you.” The pastor responded, “I don’t understand. You seemed to be agreeing with everything I said. Why don’t you want to become a Christian?”
The young man responded, “Because I don’t want to be like you.”
And there it is – “I don’t want to be like you.” Explaining the gospel to someone doesn’t work if that person doesn’t want to be what the gospel has created you to be. What that young man had seen from Christians, what he had seen people be changed into after becoming a follower of Christ, was not good in his eyes. And he didn’t want to become that type of person.
And that’s the reason why I quoted Peter’s words from his first letter. So, let me ask you this question:
When was the last time someone said he or she wanted to be like you?
When was the last time, because of how you live life because of being a follower of Jesus, because of how He has changed your life, that someone observed that and asked you about it or said, “How do I become like you?”
Living a life that is led by faith, living a life that is full of power, living a life that is so interwoven with peace, living a life full of the fruit of the Spirit, that type of life is so unlike what people see that, when they do see it, they want to know how they can experience it as well.
So, let me finish by asking this question for your deep consideration:
How has the gospel so radically altered you and changed your life to be so different from others that they cannot help but take notice?