My friend posted a video the other night of an amazing conversation with a pizza delivery guy who encountered Jesus and it changed his life. The man went out and in turn impacted the lives of other people. His enthusiasm was really exciting.
I sat next to a guy on the airplane yesterday who, when he found out that I was a Christian, he clammed up, saying that he does not practice any religion. There was pain in his eyes. I asked him how his experience has been with other Christians, and he said, “They’re just like everybody else.” I asked him, “In a negative way?” And he said, “No; they’re just like everybody else.” Then the conversation ended. Part of me was thankful that he did not have negative feelings toward Christians, but I couldn’t be too sure where the pain was coming from. Ultimately, I was sad that his experience with Christians was that they were “just like everybody else.” Ladies and gents, this SHOULD NOT BE.
Meeting a Christian should be like a wondrous alien encounter. It should be MEMORABLE. It should be CONVICTING. It should be stuffed and overflowing with LOVE. People should walk away from meeting a Christian thinking, “Wow, that was SOMETHING.”
Let’s look at Jesus for a moment. People wouldn’t leave Him alone anywhere He went. Why? Because an encounter with Jesus was powerful. Sickness went running for its life. Demons came pouring out of guys in legions. A suffering heart met grace and sin met its maker and stayed in the slimy pit from which it came. The dead were raised and pride was dashed into the ground.
I say that I want to be like Jesus, but do these things happen when people have an encounter with me? Nope. I rejoice when I have a good conversation with someone, but the truth is…there is so much more transformational power longing to be at work in and through us. I don’t know what impression that guy walked away with yesterday. Honestly, it was a confusing moment and I literally didn’t know what to say or do. However, it brought to light to me how much more I need to pray for an awareness of Holy Spirit in every moment, so that I might connect with what He is already doing in the lives of the people around me. I don’t want to be “just like everybody else” in anybody’s life. Call me extraterrestrial; I don’t care. I want people to meet Jesus when they meet me.
So that’s my prayer, now and forever. The deep desire of my life…that all would truly KNOW Him. He is so amazing! He captures my heart every day! However, I need Him to capture me in a greater way, so that there exists no missed opportunity for someone to encounter Him through me. Today, here we come!