A Precious Phone Call
One of my favourite phone calls ever.
Chris and I got home late one day and missed a great phone call from our grandson, who was eight years old at the time. With a very sombre voice, he left this message:
My best friend says he doesn’t even believe in Jesus and I don’t know what to do because I’m scared he won’t be in heaven with me.
K. Please call and tell me what to do. Bye.
Chris and I listened to the message a few times and we were so touched by Phoenie’s genuine concern and sadness about the situation. I called him back and we had a good, long talk. Phoenie and I agreed that the best thing to say was something like this:
It really makes me sad that you don’t believe in Jesus. I do and I believe in heaven too. If you want to know more about heaven, let me know. I’ll pray for you and let’s keep being friends.”
A few days later, I asked my daughter if Phoenie talked to his friend yet and as far as she knew, this particular interaction had not taken place yet…
…but Phoenie was ready. He was prepared. He has the heart, the hope and the humanity to give a confident and loving answer to his friend.
Apparently, the conversation took place about two weeks later and Phoenie reported back.
“I was kinda’ scared to talk to him but I told him some stuff that I know about God. And I asked him over to my place to play and we’re still friends so that’s all good. Thanks for helping me be brave, Nana.”
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3.15 NIV
Being prepared in this context is about being both compassionate and articulate. Warren Wiersbe said, “Truth without love is brutality. Love without truth is hypocrisy.” Neither scenario is attractive to an authentically searching soul. There must be balance – intentionality and grace.
MAKE A MOMENT TO MUSE
- Have you ever felt scared to talk about Jesus to a friend?
- What’s the hesitation about speaking spiritual truth to others who don’t know Jesus?
- If the opportunity arises, are you ready to give the reason for the hope that you have?
Don’t let LOVE and TRUTH ever leave you. Tie them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will find favour and a good name in the eyes of God and people.Proverbs 3.3,4 NIRV