Last night after at the end of each of our student worship services we gave students the chance to ask questions via text message for the first time. We have spent 3 of the last 4 weeks in the book of Jonah and wrapped up the book last night talking about God’s desire for us to have a heart of compassion for the lost like He does. We received several great questions last night and some were answered during the service. Here are a few that we didn’t get to with my response at the bottom. I hope this helps. Hopefully we can tackle some more of the questions in the near future and some may make it to our April series on Questions.
1. “My friend says he is a Christian but his life is all about sports and you can’t even tell he is a Christian and when you bring God up he always changes the subject. This person is a member of our church and youth group but never really comes.”
2. “My friend says he is a Christian and says he goes to church all the time. Then I trun around and he is doing horrible stuff.”
3. “My friend is a Christian but he doesn’t act like it in public because they are embarrassed.”
I don’t know your friend and certainly wouldn’t dare claim to know their heart . We need to understand first that there are a lot of people that claim to be Christians but are not. In Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” So anytime somebody claims to know Jesus but their god appears to be something else such as sports or a sin then we have reason to be concerned. If this person is a believer then they are in sin and God can use someone like you that is trying to share with them to get their attention. Hebrews 12:7 says, “It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?” So any believer that is sinning, whether that be by exalting sports above Jesus or acting ashamed of their faith, will encounter the loving discipline of the Father.
In short, keep on loving the person, keep sharing, and trust God with the results. Focus on faithfulness not what others perceive as success.