Tell Me About Your God? – Sunday Thought For The Day
Suppose you were engaged in a casual conversation with a stranger and they asked you to tell them about your family; would it be difficult? Suppose a friend that you hadn’t seen for many years asked you how your wife or child were doing; would it be difficult to share with them in intimate detail how they were? Suppose you had a friend ask you about a person that you both knew, but with whom you were actually friends; would you be able to share how they were doing?
The answer to each of these questions is that we would not have the least bit of difficulty sharing about those who are important in our life and those for whom we genuinely care about.
But, let me change the wording of the questions. Suppose we say we are a Christian and in the course of casual conversation a stranger asked us to tell them about our God. Suppose a friend you hadn’t seen for a long time asked you a question about Christ, could you answer it? Just how much about Christ and being a Christian can you share if you were asked?
If someone asked us to tell them about our family, our children or a mutual friend we could do so without a moment’s hesitation. Why? Because they are our loved ones. They are the people who are closest to us. They are the people we are proud of and we want others to know how important our family and best friend(s) are to us.
Which of course, brings us to the most important question: If we claim to be a Christian and someone asks us about our reason for hope or asked about God, why would it any more difficult to answer than if they asked about our family?
The answer lies in what type of relationship do we have with Christ. Would you want a relationship with your wife or husband in which you knew nothing about them, or at best you could only stumble to find something to say about your wife or husband? Would you really consider yourself a friend if you knew nothing about the person you called a friend?
Thus, the question that begs an answer is: “What type of relationship do we have with Christ?” Is it a relationship similar to a person trying to convince a stranger that they know all about someone who attended their school and then went on to become recognized as an icon of success. However, they can offer nothing of substance and nothing that supports or even suggests that they know the person even remotely as well as they had bragged.
If we have a relationship with Christ, we should be able to tell others about Him just as we would tell them about other loved ones in our life. If we cannot, then we need to examine our relationship with Christ to see if we truly even have one.
READ:Acts 8:26-40 (KJV)
27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here