Do Our Words Matter?

Reasons for Hope''s Candace Nordine started the week off well for everyone when she sent an email with the following story. It came from a post on the Facebook page of her husband's friend: While in Mexico a few months back with our youth group/church we were able to really connect with members from our church that we had not known well. A very neat man named Melbin, who helps lead many things at our church including worship was up early with me and a few others one morning. Not really knowing his testimony we began to talk and soon discovered that he came from the island of Cebu in the Philippines. I had never heard of anyone else coming from this area except Aaron's college roommate -- Lee Nordine. As we continued to talk, I learned that Melbin was at a Bible college but was so disgusted by the hypocrisy, as well as general lack of Bible knowledge about why we believe what we believe, that he decided to become an atheist! The frustration continued and he was making plans for an atheist church when a young, new teacher came to teach apologetics at the Bible college. Very excited he said he was willing to audit the senior class as a junior. This teacher was willing to answer his questions about Christianity honestly and he completely changed Melbin's life. From that moment on, Melbin set forth to share the gospel with as many people as possible. Amazed by this story, I explained how Aaron's friend from college also came from Cebu. Continuing the conversation, we discovered that not only did Melbin know Lee as a child but also Lee's dad was the young teacher who forever changed his faith! What a world we live in!

How wonderful that Candace and her husband Lee read this account. When we share our faith -- whether it's with ongoing discussions over time or just a casual and brief encounter -- most often we never how our words were received or the effect that they had. We're often left wondering if our words (and our actions) make a difference. We must understand that not knowing is okay, in fact it can be a blessing too.

We don't share the saving grace of Jesus and the truths of the Bible so that we can accomplish something. Especially when it comes to apologetics. It should never be our goal to give answers as a means to make people reject what they believe and believe what God says. It is God who does that work of transforming them ... and it is always God who gets all the glory.

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