“Let me ask you a question. When you started college last fall, did you ever think you’d be here? Trying to decide whether you want to become a Christian?”
“No. I had no idea.”
I was talking again with my friend Nick, a freshmen from New York City. At the beginning of the year, he came on our men’s rafting trip and our fall retreat. He lives on the same floor as our friends Asaph, David, Krysia, Gwynnie, Kate, and Alex. And all year, he’s been hanging out more and more with these guys and becoming part of our community. He’s not yet a follower of Jesus.
I asked Krysia to tell you about Nick in this video clip.
If the video doesn’t work, Here’s a transcript:
“There’s another guy Nick who was at beginning of the year an atheist… He actually told one of my friends that he felt like he had very shallow relationships with all of the other freshmen on our floor but that we actually knew him really well. That’s what drew him in — we knew him and he could tell that we cared about him and we cared for his wellbeing — not only just physically but also spiritually. We would have these deep conversations with him and now we’re just seeing him come closer and closer to Christ. We’re seeing all of our community come around him and have these spiritual conversations and dig in with Nick because we want him to know Christ. He knows that and that it’s for his best that we want him and that he’s really drawn to our community and that is really incredible.”
When I talked to Nick, his friends had invited him to an apologetics talk. He said to me that he’s seriously considering becoming a Christian, but he’s not sure what he would say to his friends if they knew that he was about to become a Christian. But, he says, “There is something different about the people that live around him. The students who are involved wit Cru are different. They care about me.”
“But I’m still not sure I’m ready.”
I told Nick about my wife Malisa. “When Malisa’s friend Nan asked her if she was ready to become a Christian, Malisa said ‘no – I haven’t read all the bible yet.’ ‘It isn’t about that,’ said Nan ‘It’s about Jesus. Are you ready to follow Jesus?’”
“Nick, you don’t need to wait until you have all your questions answered to become a follower of Jesus. It isn’t a lack of information that separates us from Jesus. And so what you have to do is say – on the basis of what I know about Jesus, I’m going to choose to trust Him. I’m going to put my weight on it. And it really isn’t until we put our weight on it that we can start to follow Jesus. Jesus is worth putting your weight on and trusting.”
Nick sent me a facebook message last week: “Yea, it’s been a wild ride spiritually I guess haha. Yea, thanks for the advice! I think I’m going to be trying my weight in the coming weeks so it should be interesting.”
Wow… Would you pray for Nick?
Kate, Nick, Grace, and Vivek hanging out at IHOP for some late night pancakes
Loving our Adventurous Lord,