The past couple of years, I have had more people come to me and tell me about their new-found or re-found belief, or at least their journey to belief that is a couple of steps from true belief in Jesus Christ. It happened again on Sunday.
A young man came to me after the spiritual time and asked if he could talk with me. He revealed that he had chosen to be a Christian. I smiled and inside I’m doing back flips. Then he gave a condensed version of his journey in and out and back into faith. Tuesday, we visited a little longer and I asked him to tell me more of his story.
He had been a part of a Christian family, but because of the difficulties and troubles he has experienced in his life, he had given up on their faith. It appears that their faith was not his own. He went through a series of changes and beliefs, from doubt and skepticism, to disbelief, even considering atheism and Satanism. But nothing answered his questions and fulfilled his longing to understand and be accepted in spite of his weaknesses, failures and the outside stuff that came down on him.
He listened as Cliff, and Brian, and Ben, and I have shared with him and the others from the Bible about the lessons in the Bible over the past few months. He watched our lives and saw that we cared and were consistent in caring and sharing. More importantly, he was impacted by another student who has taken hold of faith over the past couple of years and chosen to follow Christ.
I think he wanted to share this with me because he recognizes me as an authority figure. I feel privileged to have him place his trust in me and want to let me know about and have me help him grow in his faith.
He revealed to me a sense of peace and contentment, even though he is experiencing the same crap he was before. So we talked about Job and the crap he went through and his steady faith in God. Job had questions, but he never wavered in belief. This young man is willing to be like Job, faithful to God through the crap.
He is coming out of life that resists God and has uncovered faith and turned toward God and accepting God’s love and mercy and grace.