February 18, 2013
Yesterday I had the opportunity to have a conversation with a guy who is Muslim but doesn’t necessarily practice his religion. He said he lost connection with it. And somehow we got into a very deep conversation about Jesus and why I think I have that connection with my “religion”. He said he is always searching for that connection, but has yet to find it.
At first I wasn’t sure if he was really searching or if he was just testing me. He knows all about the Christian religion. And he asked me questions with a smirk on his face. Some of the questions I did not know how to answer and I had to take a moment and lift up a prayer for the answer. And still, I didn’t feel the right words came.
He knew all about Jesus and he told me what the Muslim beliefs were of Jesus. He wanted to know why He was worth changing my life for. Of all the reasons I have lived in the past, why now is He the reason I live? He wanted to know how Jesus saved me. He didn’t get that I had a relationship and not a religion. He didn’t understand how I could be so sure that I am not going back to my old life.
It was hard answering some of his questions. I know in my heart why I believe and why I want to serve Him. But how do you put that into words to someone who has never experienced Jesus?
That’s why the Word says to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15)
You never know when you are going to run into someone who is searching for Jesus. Or searching for something, even if they don’t realize it is Jesus they are searching for. I didn’t get to finish the conversation with him, but I have been praying hard about it and I hope that I will be more prepared the next time we meet. Which I will be arranging because I don’t think God is finished with him yet.