One of the biggest insecurities I think many Christ followers have is that we don’t think we have enough credibility to represent Him to anyone. We don’t have the answers to some of the tough questions they might ask us. We don’t have an end times exegesis from Revelation ready to present at a moment’s notice… or have any clue what the heck an “exegesis” is for that matter.
What I tend to forget myself sometimes is that I’m not required to have all the answers to other people’s questions. I’m only responsible for the questions I have myself. And my goal as a Christ follower is to live in a way that makes people curious enough to start seeking the answers they need for themselves. It’s not like there’s a lack of resources for them to use. My life should be an example of love, worship, and simple faith that makes others curious to know what I know that makes me this way.
Jesus told us to be the light of the world. And the really cool thing about light is that despite all of our recent advancements in technology, it still has scientists scratching their heads about what it actually is. But thankfully, in order for a light bulb to brighten a room, no one expects it to recite Thomas Edison’s autobiography. Light simply shines, and in doing so, can drastically change people’s experience and view of this dark world.
We are also called to speak light… meaning it’s not all desk work and silent good deeds. As Christ followers, we’re not supposed to keep what we know a secret.
Before you start to panic, remember that Jesus didn’t ask us to offer scientific proof of His conception by the Holy Spirit. He never told us to turn the single sentence of Genesis 2:7 (“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life…”) into a biological diagram complete with carbon-dating. He simply asked us to trust that God can do anything, and to acknowledge who He is before others.
Here are two interesting examples from scripture of people who did just that:
the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4)
She was surprised that Jesus was even willing to look in her direction because she wasn’t part of the entitled people of Israel. She had been married five times before, and was already living with her latest fling. She was sarcastic and doubtful up until the the very moment Jesus told her who He really was. Maybe she still wasn’t quite sure. But when she reached her village, she started telling people what had just happened to her and asking them questions like “Who do you think this guy is?” and “Will you come and listen to this guy?”
As a result of those simple questions, many came to believe in Jesus for themselves. Their faith was ignited and then deepened all because a woman (with the least credibility among them) was curious herself.
the demon-possessed man (Mark 5)
Everyone in the local village was terrified of him. How little respect would you need to have for someone to chain him hand and foot to your grandparent’s tombstone and leave him out in the elements? But when Jesus cast the legion of demons from this man, He told him to stay in that village and share what had been done for him. And we are told that everyone was amazed by the man’s testimony.
With amazement comes curiosity. Curiosity brings a desire to seek. And it’s only through seeking that each of us can find genuine faith.
It doesn’t matter how little credibility you think you have, if you focus on shining and speaking about the light you’ve recognized from God in your life, He promises to handle the rest.