I wish I could count the number of times that I have heard someone say, “I am really just trying to seek God.” Or how many times have you heard someone say, “I want them to find God so bad!” Well, that brings up a good question: if God wants us to be with Him and trust Him so bad, why does He remain so hidden from His would-be followers?
I love getting into conversations with unsaved people around this topic because it is so relevant to life with an easy transition to the Gospel. When asked, Richard Dawkins answered “I don’t know” to the question of “If God wrote a message in the sky, and it said ‘Richard, I am real. ~ God’, would you believe then?”
It Has Already Been Written In The Sky
The truth is He already has. Numerous times throughout the Psalms and many other times in scripture, it is written that the heavens declare His glory. He’s not as hidden as people think He is. God hasn’t made it so no one can find Him. However, He hasn’t just shown up in the sky and said, “Wassup. Jesus died to save y’all, so repent.” The reason is freewill and choice. God doesn’t want people to follow Him because he said so; He wants people to choose Him because they want Him. There is enough evidence for someone to believe in God; however, no matter how much evidence there is for God, it will always require trust to believe until we stand face-to-face. On the flip-side, that small requirement of faith is simply enough for people to outright deny God all together.
Christ wants us to love Him, and for that love to be genuine, we must choose it ourselves. It’s not something we can be forced or coerced into. This is why God has done things the way He has. There is enough evidence for people to choose what they want to do either way, whether that means following Him or not. It comes down to free will, and because God loves us and wants us to freely love Him back, He allows us to either chose Him or deny Him.
How to Use This to Share The Gospel
If people believe that God hasn’t shown Himself through creation, you may have a hard time showing them that with “evidence.” No worries though. The greatest strength you have in this situation is your own story. People can deny seeing God around them, but they cannot deny the story of your testimony. They cannot deny how you have seen Christ show up in your own life.
Your testimony is something people can never invalidate; however, it’s something that you can invalidate all on your own. You can invalidate your testimony by your everyday life. This is done when you claim to be changed, but you don’t bear the fruit of being saved by grace through faith. If you continually speak negatively of others, cuss nonchalantly, or blow up in peoples’ faces, why would any person want what you have? They won’t because you’re acting the same as the people who have not surrendered their lives to Jesus. How we live our lives is essential to demonstrating the goodness of God to others around us. When we live a changed life, the work and presence of Jesus in our lives is undeniable. These simple things can be used to bring those around us to Christ.