Are we making people hungry for God?
Sometimes we assume our job is to convince people there is a God. Yet statistically only about 5% of the world’s population are committed atheists. Most simply doubt they have any need of God.
In John 6:35 Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” This assures us of the availability of sustenance for our souls. But the real danger is we will not admit our spiritual hunger. The devil, who is the father of lies, convinces people they are not hungry. He will tell them how self-sufficient they are and convince them they have no need of God.
Sometimes churches pour an enormous amount of time and effort into running particular programs or events. While these events may be helpful in creating relationships with newcomers, the important thing is that we live out our Christian lives. As we grow up into Christ and let his life permeate ours, his Kingdom will radiate from our lives and be obvious to those we rub shoulders with every day.
If we build relationships with those people God places around us we will gain credibility and have opportunities to speak into their lives.
Jesus’ promise is, “Whoever comes to me will never go hungry.”