Being A Light in the Dark
Do you ever have those moments when non-Christians use your own faith and love for others against you? For example watching your every move so that they can find some kind of flaw in you or God. Or “God is watching so you have to love me.” Yes, loving others is a big part of the Christian faith, but we also have to remember not to advocate a love gospel as well. Nonbelievers need to know that God’s judgement is coming and calling out every flaw in God’s children is not something they want to be doing when their own salvation is on the line. More so, if this life was a movie and Jesus was the climax we are absolutely nearing the end. Read Revelation if you want to hear how the story ends. Therefore as Christians, we need to continue to love and pray for non-Christians because God desires them to be saved as well. We will persevere through whatever nonbelievers throw at us if it means a chance that they too will be praising God with us in heaven. In the end, definitely thank them for watching out for you in your walk and faith, but let them know that God’s Kingdom is coming and their obedience to God is just as important as your own.
Being a Light
We often think that one of the most effective ways to minister to nonbelievers is to tell them the gospel or take them to church. In most instances this is not the case. In my experiences what makes nonbelievers interested and curious about the Christian faith is your example that you set for them. It is not about forcing anything upon them, but them coming to you with questions, observations, and experiencing things at their own pace and within their own timing. It may not be in God’s plan for them to believe in Him right away and could even take years. It is important however to always stand firm in your faith and be ready for anything God brings you to. It takes a lot of patience and understanding knowing that they may not want to know about your God. However, God uses us in miraculous ways and one can’t help wondering where this hope is coming from. Your interactions with those around you and the Christian environment set before them is key. People can be saved not only from a great message or an event, but because they feel loved and a sense of belonging. We do have to remember that it is God who changes people’s hearts and it is Him who speaks and works through us. When you are so in love with God and others, it causes those around you to be interested and want to know more about this love. That is your moment and opportunity to share with them :)
Anon: Is it hard for you to be a part of a non-Christian family who doesn’t believe in the same things you do?
Me: It is more heartbreaking than difficult. Our hearts should break for those who don’t know God. Sometimes I feel kinda lonely without my family at church and everything, but I know that God is sovereign and He is always there to comfort me. I am now part of the family of God and have so many wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ. I know that God has called me to be a light and example for them. It is a blessing to be able to minister to them and to tell them of God’s wondrous acts and amazing things He is doing in my life. God was with me even when I didn’t know Him and I know He is with them as well. I am really blessed actually because many Asian parents don’t accept their children turning away from tradition and culture to follow God, but mine do. They have even gone to church and fellowship with me. Even my grandparents are amazed at how far God has taken me over the past 2 years. Praise God for all of this. Even though they still don’t believe in all of this, a seed was planted in their hearts. It is ultimately God who changes people’s hearts so all I can do is pray for them daily. I still love them so much and I hope that one day they can come to know God as well. I have a very real God who loves me, brothers and sisters in Christ who love me, followers across the world that are praying for me and care for me, and of course my family who also loves me. I wouldn’t ask for a life any other than the one the God has given me.
I am actually blessed that God has given me the opportunity to minister and be a light for my family. My family is not Christian, but that just encourages me to be the best man of God I can be in hopes that maybe one day they will come to know God. Do I ever wish that I was born into a Christian family? Of course I do, but I know that God has placed me in this situation for a reason and I could not ask for a life any better than the one I already have. I have learned so much from my brothers and sisters in Christ and been able to pray, have bible studies, and go to church with them like the Christian family I never had. I would like nothing more than for my family to one day devote their lives to Christ just like me and come with me to church like many of my friends’ families.
Why does God send people to hell if he loves them? - Anon
My Answer: Yes God does love us all, but in the end it is our own choice whether to accept His free gift or not. I come from a non-christian family so i can relate to a lot of these kinds of questions. I believe it is a blessing that God gives us this choice through His Son on the cross. Otherwise we would all be dead in our sins and have no choice at all. My family tells me that they are happy with the life they have been given no matter what the outcome is and I am blessed with the life I have been given. What better gift could God bless me with than to minister and be a light to my own family. I will love them no matter what happens and as long as they’re happy then so am I. For me it wasn’t about heaven and hell, but more about a loving God who spoke through those around me to bring me close to Him and allowed me to have a relationship with Him even though I constantly pushed Him away. God wants all people to come to Him, but in order to do so we must follow and put our trust in Jesus (John 14:6). God is the judge and He desires us to be obedient and faithful to Him.