The Truth Series: Now that I Know I Genuinely Believe the Truth … (Part 21)

by | Mar 9, 2024 | Mission | 0 comments

The previous five articles, which together comprised Part Three of The Truth Series, were focused on what it means to truly be a Christian. Thus, it would be appropriate to tie up the entirety of this series, all three parts, with a small glimpse into the essence and practical nature of genuine faith in Jesus. This is a faith which takes root in the here and now and then grows to full fruition at Jesus’ return.

After much pestering from Marsha, Suzi, an ex-catholic hostile to Christianity, finally visited our church home group. She immediately fell in love with our family feel. A few months down the road I discovered that Suzi would grate over the times we remembered to pray for our weekly meal, keeping track of when we forgot and remembered. One week I announced we were going to walk through the Story of God together. This is where Suzi drew the line and ceased participating in our group. But that only lasted a few weeks and she was back with us. So we began the Story of God. Suzi struggled through the first session, was calmer in the second session, and by the third session she was eagerly engaged in the Story of God. However, a couple of months later, Suzi was hit on her front lawn by a runaway vehicle and was seriously injured. Being self-employed as a housecleaner she was unable to work for the following year and half. A slow moving insurance process left her with no idea how she would pay her rent for the next few months, eat, much less prepare for the Christmas season that was upon us. What Suzi did not yet realize is that we loved her with the love that our Heavenly Father had for us. I immediately put out the call to our church home group to chip in and pay for the needed months of rent, food, and Christmas for her household. After some initial unwillingness in our group, due to our own struggles and fears, God’s grace won out and the floodgates of generosity opened wide and Suzi did not have to worry about anything until the insurance company began compensating her. Marsha, herself a jaded skeptic who loved hanging out with us, was stunned by such gospel empowered love!

However flawed we are as Christians, this story reflects a key way in which we can know that we actually believe the truth of God’s Gospel Story. Our church home group was a small dim flame easily seen in an ever darkening world, a foretaste of what is to come someday in fullness and perfection (Matthew 5:13-16).

Thus, genuine disciples of Jesus are spiritually new creatures at heart who are stumbling forward in their efforts to grow into their new identity in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17, Philippians 1:6). But take heart, as the Lord Jesus taught us, ‘those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will someday be filled to the full’ (Matthew 5:6).

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