Helping People Know Jesus

Richard was startled by Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:13-14, and rightly so. Here’s what he read: “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

It’s a reminder that there are two kinds of people in the world: those who are on the road to destruction and those who are on the road to life.

What startled Richard most is the conversation he recalled having with a co-worker who decided he would take the road to hell. He casually declared to Richard, “I want to go there because that’s where all of my friends are.” It was at that moment that Richard realized his co-worker was no longer living—and had received exactly what he had asked for.

If that’s disturbing, it ought to be! Those who die without Jesus face an eternity apart from Him. (See the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, Matthew 25:31-46).

Richard had this realization in the midst of our Thursday morning Bible study at Panera Bread. Richard is among a committed group of Christ-followers who spur one another on in "the way that’s hard but leads to life." What’s more, we spur one another on to pray for those around us who are not yet following Jesus, and “with gentleness and respect” (see 1 Peter 3:15) to help people know Jesus.

In doing so, I’m reminded just how dependent we are upon God to help us share the gospel of Jesus with those around us. I think of Paul’s words to the Christ-followers in Corinth: “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building” (1 Corinthians 3:6-9).

That’s why prayer is so very important! It's God who softens hearts; it's God who draws people to Himself. As someone has said, "Before we talk to people about God, we need to talk to God about people."

First of all, if you don’t have a group like ours—a group of fellow believers who spur you on in life and ministry—why not look into it?

Also, as you consider the not-yet-believers around you, why not jot down their names and begin praying regularly for them—that God will draw them to Himself and perhaps use you in some way to help them know and grow in Christ? ministry!

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