This morning I prayed for my daughters to be blessings at their schools. I prayed that the love of Christ would flow out from them and that people would see the person and spirit of Christ in them. It’s a prayer I pray often for them. And honestly I believe it to be a prayer that is being answered.
The Friday before Christmas, I took the girls into Paris to watch “La Reigne des Neiges” (Frozen) in the theater. As we walked onto the platform towards the front of the train so that it would be easier to get off at the end of the line, we encountered Fayth’s teacher from last year. She greeted us and we started a conversation that continued the whole 21 minute train ride, about life, school, death, and Americans. She mentioned again how much she enjoyed having Fayth in her class and how nice in general Americans are here in Viroflay. Having met the other American she was referring to I know something about her, she also is a believer. She also has Christ in her the hope of glory. I know that Christ in people is not the only thing that makes people nice. In fact, sadly, I have met many not nice Christians. But what I believe people see in our daughters is Christ love pouring out to the people around them.
This morning I am reading through the book of Acts and come again to a verse I have taught on often and it really hit me again that is pattern for evangelism. Acts 4:13
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
Did you catch it? At the end of Doctor Luke’s not so subtle insult of Peter and John. (Come on he called them back water country bumpkins.) They were astonished and took note that these men had been with Jesus. It didn’t change their status in society. But it sure made a difference in how they acted and what they said.
Here in France, education and position are important. Titles are something that hold weight. This was true in Peter and John’s time also. So the fact that while there were unschooled, ordinary men, they still astonished the wise and learned of their time. In the same way, Christ empowers us to work and minister, in spite of our perceived weaknesses and perhaps even through them.
That is one of the ways we encourage our interns and teams to live their time here, that is one of the things we want for our own lives. We want to spend time with Christ, so others will be able to see Christ in us.
So for us, how do people know if we have been with Jesus?
Are our actions different because of it?
Are we acting boldly to let people know of the power of God at work in our lives?
Or have we been with Jesus?
- are we sitting at His feet and listening to His words?
- Are we taking the time to meditate on who He is?
Are people amazed that God is at work in our lives?
Have you been with Jesus?