Know It and Sow It

 

A young American man, named Steve, goes into a McDonalds in India for something cool in the scorching summer heat. He orders his ice cream and notices a young man about his age wearing a jersey of a team he likes. They strike up a conversation, only to find that Steve follows Jesus and his new friend, Pradeep, has just completed a course in his Qur’anic school on how to stump believers. A round of questioning and answering begins.

 The Lord is good to Steve. He helps him stay patient and really care about listening to Pradeep’s very difficult questions. By the grace of God, Steve remembers passages of Scripture that he has committed to memory through years of Bible study. He is able to answer by quoting God’s Word. Soon, Pradeep’s questions shift. He no longer seems to be drilling Steve with rehearsed questions, but now seems genuinely curious, because, as he says, “You know your book”. The more Steve shares Scripture, the more Pradeep wants to know. Finally, Pradeep asks a question that really comes from the heart: “Why did Jesus have to die?” Joy overwhelms Steve as he shares the gospel of Jesus, from the fall of man to the resurrection. Pradeep listens, then decides to go home and read the New Testament.

 Paul writes to the Roman church, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17) How vital is it to know the word of Christ? For my friend Steve, it was the determining factor between whether Pradeep would go home feeling victorious over another Christian or go home to discover truth for himself. And for many others, it is the link between disbelief and a saving faith. Can you think of a time when the Word made all the difference to you? Maybe it drew a line or created a bridge or just clicked in your mind? Remember how it increased your faith? Or to take the question further, what will you do with that?

 Maybe you do not plan to get ice cream at a McDonalds in India anytime soon. But Scripture tells us clearly that “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) Does “everyone” really mean everyone? Does it mean the woman who usually does my manicure at the nail salon and my teachers at school? Does it mean my coworkers and family? Does it mean other people like Pradeep, who live on the other side of the world and have a completely different worldview?

 Yes. It says everyone.

 So what is missing? Paul continues:

But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” (Romans 10: 14-15)

 If people do not call because they do not believe, and that belief comes from hearing the word of Christ, I have two natural conclusions:

1)      We should know the Word of Christ!

Neither you nor I can share what we do not know. It is as simple as that.

2)      We should share the Word of Christ!

The gospel is such good news! Let people hear it!

 One thing that I have found in my walk with Jesus is that the more I know His word, the more passionate I become about sharing it. I encourage you to dig deep in this life-giving Word and see the power of Christ as a result! Maybe the Lord will lead you to someone like Pradeep, someone who has questions, but for whatever reason, does not ask.

 Jesus prayed that God would sanctify His followers in truth, clarifying that God’s Word is truth (John 17: 17). I pray that you would dig deep into His truth today, and be amazed at the faith that comes by hearing the word of Christ. I also pray that it would not stop there, but God would be glorified as you share this good word with all those around you!

 


Kristina received her degree in theatre from the University of Georgia. She first came to Transform Student Ministries as a Boot Camper, then, came back several years later as one of our Summer Interns, and has staffed at Boot Camp. Kristina loves the Lord with all her heart, and wants to follow Him fully! Her love for the Lord is contagious. 

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