This weekend I was on a short summer vacation, and was able to see a younger friend whom I had not been with for about a year and a half. Throughout the weekend, the boy would have a rebellious attitude toward the things his parents told him to do, responding to his parents’ commands with rejection. My mother encouraged me to talk to him about it, and challenge him about whether it was right or wrong for him to do so. I didn’t really desire to do so, I didn’t want to get in that situation, as it would be uncomfortable for us both. The next morning in my devotions, I didn’t have my Bible available so I opened my Bible app on my phone. The passage it was set on was this:
1 Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed,2 to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.
I prayed that morning, before I read the Scripture, that I would take to heart what I read in His word that morning and practice it throughout the day. And what do I find? A passage that dealt with the very thing I was struggling with. God used His Scripture to give me a kick in the boot. To say, “Noah, you need to do this.” I find it amazing how quickly and effectively God uses His Word to challenge us to do something. That day I purposed to speak to the boy about his behavior. I mentioned things to him several times throughout the day and then that night, while talking about the church we were going to tomorrow, he asked me, “So how do you get to heaven?” and so I was able to share the gospel with him again, as he had already heard it, but I was able to stress repentance, which he hadn’t heard before.
You see, if we can(through the Lord’s help) get over ourselves, our own fear and pride about how situations where we talk about our faith with unbelievers make us look, then there is nothing holding us back from what we know we need to do as followers of Christ. When we struggle with such sin, we should always pray and look to His Word, and God will show us what to do.
If you could keep the boy in your prayers, as he is not a believer but is interested. And interest is sometimes a sign of God calling someone. The boy’s name is Drew.