Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” [John 18v37]
A lot of times, we feel like we have to have the right answers or arguments in order to lead someone new to God’s Story. This is why systematic approaches have been used in years past, like “The Roman Road” or the “ABC’s of Salvation.” I would never deny that these presentations have been effective and I applaud all efforts to communicate the gospel.
But often, it can feel like we’re presenting new and foreign information to someone rather than revealing what is already there.
If the Story is true (and it is), then we’re all made in the image of our Creator God. All of us. Even the “hardcore atheist” is undeniably God’s child. This baseline fact, to me, provides an opening for the Story that is all about defining what is already there, instead of adding something new.
Someone asked me the other day, “Don’t you think it’s a little early to be indoctrinating your kids about your religion?” I of course said, “No.” The reason for this is the same reason for why I teach them about eating right, enjoying life and establishing healthy habits.
Faith in the God of the Bible isn’t some foreign idea that I’m pressing on to my kids. It’s who they are. They are children of God made in His image. Fallen in sin—which they will experience most significantly through heartbreak , pride and loss. But restoration of their broken disobedient hearts is found fully and freely in God’s greatest gift, His Son Jesus.
This is their Story. And they need to be told this as soon as possible.