I have often sat with those in our church who have recently come to faith in Jesus Christ, as they retell the story of their conversion there is almost without fail a reference to “something missing.” “I had a job, a family and a home. My life seemed good but something was missing. Then I came to Southern Hills… or Then someone shared Christ… or Then I found a Bible…”
What is it that these seemingly happy people are missing? According to the Scriptures they were missing relationship and community. The Bible teaches us that we were created to exist forever in relationship with God and community with others. However, sin came into the world (Rom. 5:8) and destroyed this possibility. This is why Christ came. According to Romans 5:10 Jesus came that “we might be reconciled to God by the death of his Son.” William McRaney highlights these two words in his book The Art of Personal Evangelism. He states, “God desires to establish a redemptive relationship with all of humankind. The Bible refers to the people of God as family, friends, and a community of faith.” (McRaney, 16)
Clearly God’s desire and man’s desire are the same! They both desire Relationship with each other and a community of loving brethren. This is why God took the initiative and sent His Son to be the payment for our sins. Man must simply recognize these facts to be true and place his faith in Christ to receive salvation.
My dear Christian friend, we can use these truths to our advantage. Man desires relationship and community. Jesus offers both. We must express to those we are trying to reach with the Gospel that through Jesus they may receive not only exemption from Hell by a relationship with God, and a community of friends called the church.
Did you feel something missing before you came to Christ? Please share your experience below: