Sunday, November 1, 2009

Day 305- Example or Savior

I was in church today when the pastor asked a brilliant question. He asked the congregation if Jesus is our example our Savior. I know that he is my Savior, but I wondered if that was what the grey haired man in front of me would say. I know that he grew up as a Christian Scientist, but he has been attending my church for several months. We visit every Sunday after church and I've always wondered if he was now a Christian. I prayed for boldness as the pastor dismissed the congregation. My knees began to tremble as I greeted him and engaged him with small talk. He was in a pleasant mood and has always been very friendly. I was hoping that he would remain friendly as I said, "Mr. Smith, the pastor asked a very good question this morning and I would like to ask you the same question. Is Jesus your example or is He your Savior?" His smile went away as he said, "Both, but I don't believe He is God." He leaned in close and continued, "I don't tell people this and I don't really have anyone I can talk to, but I am from a different religion. I don't believe that Jesus is God, but I do believe in God." He paused for a moment as tears began to form in his eyes. His voice cracked as he said, "God has seen me through some difficult times. He has healed me. He can heal you as well." At this point in the conversation we were interrupted by someone who wanted to visit with him. He regained his composure and our new guest began a new topic. I invited him over for coffee this week so that we could continue our discussion. It is tempting to spend the rest of the week studying Christian Science, but since the Holy Spirit does the convicting, I think I will do more praying.

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