"Fundamentally" A Good Place to Start
About two weeks ago, Beth and I, along with about a thousand other folks (several of you) heard the former governor of the GREAT state of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee, say that “the most important questions a person can ask is Who am I? and Why am I here? I agree with the governor and would simply add one other, Who put me here? Of course asking the questions isn’t enough; one must be able to find the right answers. The governor was talking about having a “Christian worldview” that gives some real meaning to our lives.
Believing in God and the fact that he created all things gives the right, biblical foundation to my life. Understanding that my purpose in life is directly tied to His purpose for me makes all the difference in my life. I understand that “it is not in man that walks to direct his own steps” (Jer. 10:23). My happiness or unhappiness is directly linked to my willingness to fulfill all the good things that God has planned for me and to follow the direction that He guides me in according to His revealed word. What makes all of that hard to do sometimes, is the fact that I am selfish and sometimes unwilling to yield my will to His. That is always a mistake with major implications and consequences. And so many people today are doing just that: they have no idea who they really are and what their real purpose in this life really is. I agree with the governor.
May I make a suggestion? This might be a good place to start when talking to people about their need for God. Ask them what they believe are the most important questions in life. Personally, I have found this approach to be very helpful when trying to create spiritual interest in someone. Give it a try this week and let me know how it goes. It just may be the primer to a deeper spiritual conversation.