The world is full of lies. Many times people don’t mean to lie, its just that their promises never come true. Have you ever had someone promise you they would do something helpful for you and it ends up never coming true? Like promising to save you some of their food and then forget after every bite until the last one…and then shamelessly offer it up to you as if they remembered the whole time?
“Nah man, its all good, you can have it.”
Well promises aren’t meant to be lies, but its funny how many lies are believed in such way that they carry the façade of a promise. For example, “God only helps those who help themselves,” was the belief of a student my friend Nicholas and I had a conversation with today on campus. It was our monthly outreach time as a team and we decided to visit one of our university campuses to share our faith and help build into our small ministry presence there.
“That’s a lie,” I immediately responded to the student. We proceeded to share the Gospel with him in hopes that he would understand why its a lie and what God has to say about it. “Man is sinful and separated from God,” we began to say as we explained how our sin is what’s keeping us from experiencing the abundant life that God offers through Jesus. “And no matter what we do, we can never reach God through our own efforts.” I could see that he was struggling with that fact. When you’ve been told a lie for so long it becomes truth up until someone exposes it and brings clarity. “God always makes the first move, not us,” I said, showing him a diagram of how Jesus bridges the gap that sin creates between us and God.
“Oh, so it’s not what I do that gets me in?” He said, reflecting on his past merits of going to church as often as he could. “I only went to get something from God, but never to be with God!” He continued, realizing that trying to work to attain some righteousness to be accepted by God was not enough, but that it’s what God has already done for us through Jesus’ death and resurrection to bring us into a relationship with him. With eyes wide open and heart ready to accept these truths, he bowed his head in confession and prayed to invite Christ into his life.
If the truth sets us free, then we are bond by what we don’t know! This student became free indeed today.