Friday, February 11, 2011

Do You Really Believe That Stuff?

Not long ago---just before I retired from full time employment---my boss came to work with me for two hectic days.  I was a sales rep for an equipment manufacturer and I traveled heavily.  I picked him up at the airport and we began our journey---a pounding drive that would take us to three states and seven sales calls.

We were scarcely on the highway when he reached over and picked up a little 1 1/2" high silver cross I keep in the storage area of my car, where it was intermingled with some loose change.  He stared at it a second before flipping it back into the coinage.

"You believe that stuff?", he probed.

I paused a few seconds, trying to consider why he would ask such a question.  I sensed that he was possibly struggling with his own faith.

"Yes", I answered.  "Why do you ask?"

Now it was his turn to get in touch with his true self.  "Well, I dunno......It just seems so far-fetched".

"What seems far-fetched?"

" know....all that Adam and Eve stuff and that Ark story and Jesus coming back to life.......You don't really believe that stuff really happened, do you?"

"Why wouldn't I?"

"Well.........there isn't any proof any of that happened."

"Look, Joe (I'll call him Joe)---What do you know about the Christian religion?"

"Well, my wife and I took our children to church for a few years---until they were teenagers, because we thought it would be good for them.  But I am no expert on religion.  I never could get past the fact that the bible seems to be just one big short story book and the stories are all like hocus pocus stuff that can't be verified or proven."

This conversation continued for the entire time we were together.  It was obvious to me that the man was struggling with his faith.  In short, if he couldn't see something with his own eyes or read a scientific investigation of it that proved its existence, he was unable to allow himself to believe.

I quietly did my best to point out that Christians "live by faith, not by sight", as the apostle Paul wrote (2 Corinthians 5:7).  I made sure Joe understood what this meant...that if one truly believes, one will truly see.  This was hard for Joe to grasp.  I mentioned "faith" over and over, and we discussed what that word means.

The discussion was long and the discussion was pleasing to me.  I know God put Joe in that car with me for two days because Joe was struggling with his faith, and God wanted me to help Joe.

I recall the last words I said to Joe upon returning home---the words of Jesus after he had returned to the disciples following the resurrection:  "Blessed are those who have seen and believe.  More blessed are those who have come to believe and have not seen."  (John 20:29)

I only saw Joe one more time---a brief encounter right before my retirement.  I do not know where Joe ended on his journey of seeking his faith.  But I am thankful to God for giving me the chance to perhaps make a small difference to another pilgrim seeking salvation.


  1. So true ... "More blessed are those who have come to believe and have not seen"

  2. VERY cool. I love it when God drops a person right in your lap to hear the good news.

    Believing in Christ is definitely walking by faith. But there is a ton of evidence-- scientific evidence-- that also convinces people with proofs. There's a really good book by Dr. D. James Kennedy called "Why I Believe" that I point to when people want to know about the facts of the Christian faith. And Lee Strobel's book "The Case For Christ" is very good, too.

    In centuries before ours, it was considered intellectual and scientific to believe the Bible and that Christ rose from the dead. Simon Greenleaf, a great lawyer and scholar from the 18th century, was so astonished at the massive evidence in favor of Christ's existence and resurrection, became a Christian and wrote books on his findings. So there's plenty of proof out there, but the culture makes us look like Sunday School retards.

    Of course, all the facts in the world don't matter unless one believes by faith. Believing is much more than mere acknowledgment. Yet often, especially in our age, solid evidence can lead a person to see the reality of the Christian faith. If a person is really seeking and knocking, he will find it. :D

  3. Rebecca---interesting comments. Thank you! It was so liberating for me some years ago to finally get to the point where I was actually practicing faith, and not looking for anything more than His Word. Blessings.

  4. I would love to know where Joe ended up. Maybe you changed his whole life.

  5. That's a great story. You handled it so well. Only Jesus can save a soul, our job is just to be friends and witnesses. I too wonder how things turned out for Joe and who God led him to next. Before I became a Christian I can remember at least 5 Christians who talked to me in separate locations and times. We all have such great stories to tell. Thanks for sharing.

  6. If he was indeed struggling with belief, I can't think of a better person to be in the car with him. There is a chance you changed his life. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. Why are the stories be too hard to believe?

  8. It's an honor to be so trusted by God that He would give you this opportunity. I want my heart to always be ready when God puts me in a situation such as this.

  9. Hi Clint -

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging message.
    It inspires.

    I'm glad, too, that GOD had Joe to ride with you because nothing our Lord allows is in vain.

    1 Corinthians 3:6 - KJV
    I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

  10. Thank you for reminding us all that God uses His children to plant the seed of salvation in those who seek His Face. God bless you my brother in Christ. Lloyd