May 17, 2017
READ: Hebrews 1:1-14
In these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son (v.2).
Sarah sometimes wonders if she only believes in Jesus because she’s surrounded by family and friends who also do. She asked, “Am I a Christian because it’s true or because I live in a Christian bubble?”
I get where Sarah’s coming from. Our global village has made us aware of other groups who believe differently. The same internet that connects us with other believers also links to voices that doubt what we celebrate. So how can any of us think we’re right?
I told Sarah that ‘bubbles’ are inevitable. The agnostics in New York City gather with other agnostics. Buddhists in Bangkok meet with other Buddhists. The internet that might bring us together can actually further divide us, as each of us tend to click on the websites of our particular tribe. Such difference of opinion might tempt us to doubt what we believe, except for one important fact: we have received a revelation.
The author of Hebrews says God “has spoken to us through his Son” who “radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God” (Hebrews 1:2-3). Whatever ‘bubble’ we are part of, that reality has been invaded by the Word from above (John 1:1-2). We don’t fully comprehend this revelation from our limited perspective, but we understand it well enough to say we truly know God (Hebrews 1:3).
Communities gathered around certain beliefs are a reality, so it’s important to know why we’re part of one. Hebrews describes a living Saviour who came to earth and revealed by His life, death and resurrection the very heart of God. It’s now our joy to freely share Him with those outside our community of faith. How can we serve them and perhaps lead them to understand their need for Jesus?
365-day plan: Psalm 139:1-24
Read 2 Timothy 1:3-18 to learn how a legacy of faith can be the launching pad to reach those who don’t know Jesus.
How do Jesus and the evidence of His transforming ways give you confidence when you meet people with other perspectives? How can you encourage—and be encouraged by—other believers to share faith in Christ?