HOW IS THE HOLY SPIRIT INVOLVED IN A PERSON’S SALVATION?

Answer 4: The Spirit reveals the truth of the gospel to a person.

Are you ever discouraged when you are having spiritual conversations with a person, that they don’t see Jesus for who he really is – the son of God? Take courage, God is at work. Remember, it is not you but God himself who reveals the truth of the gospel to a person.

In Matthew 16 we read of the time when Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Lots of people who encountered Jesus didn’t see Jesus for who he really was. They mistook him for a someone else. Today, many people still make the same mistake. They see Jesus as just a good person who once lived or a great teacher or religious leader, or maybe just a folk legend and not a real person at all.

We read on in Matthew and Jesus said to his disciples, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.”

Jesus makes it clear to Peter that God himself had revealed the truth of who Jesus was to him. And it’s the same for the person you are sharing the gospel to. Yes, you need to know the gospel. Yes, you should take every opportunity God gives you to share it with the world around you. But realise that as you share the gospel it is not you that reveals the truth of the gospel, this is the role of the Holy Spirit in a person’s salvation.

So today, pray and ask God to reveal himself and the truth of the gospel in a real, personal, and practical way to the people you are sharing the gospel to. Intercede for those you have shared the gospel to asking the Holy Spirit to minister to them in a way that they would see the truth of the gospel. Pray, asking the Holy Spirit to convict them so they see their need for Christ. Then, continue to share, knowing God is at work!   

HOW IS THE HOLY SPIRIT INVOLVED IN A PERSON’S SALVATION?

Answer 3: The Spirit uses my circumstances in a person’s salvation.

Have you ever experienced the near-magical phenomenon of moving from strangers to friends in almost no time at all? Jenny and Bryan are two of the many people we fervently prayed for to have a family of their own. We met them at a train station in Singapore, and from there, we invited them to be a part of our small group and eventually shared our lives with them. 

We instantly developed a deep connection by the similarities of the difficulties we experienced in conceiving. We shared our testimony of how we came to hear and understand the gospel, how we responded to it, and the difference this has made in our lives. We shared how God gave us hope through our trials when we realised that we both had issues in our reproductive system. We told them how we had tried every assisted pregnancy procedure available and that even one fertility specialist advised us to adopt a child instead. We shared that it came to a point on the 17th of March 2012, out of desperation and misery, I locked myself in our room and worshipped the Lord. I cried my heart out to Him and right at that moment, God gave me a very clear vision: I was climbing on the mountain and I saw this very, very bright light from somewhere. I sought the source of the light. I dug a hole where the light was coming from. The light was coming from a watch—a man’s watch. Ephraim told me that it seemed like God was telling me to seek Him first and delight myself in the Lord. In His perfect timing, He shall give me the desires of my heart. On the same date, I posted on my Facebook wall as my status, “This stage of my life is called, ‘Acceptance’ and ‘Total surrender to God’s plan’.”

God’s words gave us sufficient comfort and peace, as it says in Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”

We shared how we took every opportunity to be prayed for. We sought the Lord with all our hearts, minds and souls and the more we got to know him, the more we trusted his goodness and faithfulness despite the raging storm. We also shared how we attended a conference about parenting in our church, boldly claiming that by faith, we will be parents also.

Just like Sarah in the Bible, at exactly one year after I received God’s vision and message, we found out that I was pregnant. God didn’t just show up but he showed-off in our circumstance. We prayed for one child, and he gave us twins! In Habakkuk 2:3 it says, “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.” 

Fast-forward to my story about Jenny and Bryan. The Holy Spirit used our circumstances in their salvation. They received the Lord as their Saviour, began their new lives in Christ, and already have a family of their own!  

Indeed, the Holy Spirit uses our testimonies and circumstances to illustrate the amazing wonder of God’s work of grace and the personal experience of redemption and transformation.  

With prayer and utmost reliance on the Holy Spirit, God gives us the power to be a witness even before we say a word!

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  Acts 1:8.

HOW IS THE HOLY SPIRIT INVOLVED IN A PERSON’S SALVATION?

Answer 2: The Spirit sends believers into people’s lives to be a witness.

“You’re a pastor? I’ve never talked to one before. What’s your favourite Bible verse?”

If ever there was an open invitation to talk about Jesus with someone, this was it. I went to a friend’s birthday celebration on the weekend only to find that everyone I knew who had said they were coming had pulled out at the last minute. I quietly milled around the 30-odd strangers as we waited to be seated at the restaurant and exchanged greetings with strangers. People seemed interested in talking with the birthday girl and her husband or catching up with people they hadn’t seen in a while, so few offered more than a brief hello and goodbye before moving on to someone they recognised.

“Okay Lord,” I silently prayed, “I don’t know anyone here and I’m not the best at making new friends. But if you have arranged a divine appointment for me tonight, I am ready to obey. Please make it clear to me if there’s someone here you want me to talk to.”

As I finished talking to God the waiters finally finished setting the many tables they had pulled together to accommodate such a large group and told us to take a seat. I ended up at the very end of the L formation of tables, away from most of the people, where it looked like I was going to miss out on most of the chatting. But then along came Henry, another party-goer who hadn’t been fast enough to grab a prime seat and ended up at the end of the table, next to me.

“Is this him, Lord?” I asked. There was no discernible confirmation from the Holy Spirit, but I decided to take a step of faith and see where God would lead the conversation.

“I’m a train driver,” Henry said. I asked about his life and he talked about the year-long course he took with the department of transportation, the cultural differences between Australia and his family’s home country, how his marriage had changed him and many other things. We found out we shared a hobby and talked about that for a while.

Henry was interesting, fun and enjoyed getting to know me. I had shown him that I was genuinely interested in him, and so it was only natural for him to ask about my life. He asked about my girlfriend, about my family, and about my job. When I mentioned I met my girlfriend at church he said that was lovely, and moved on. When I told him that my parents were missionaries he was fascinated and asked about the countries they had been to, but made no mention of anything spiritual. When he asked what I did for a living, I quietly asked God, “Would you please take control of this conversation and speak to Henry’s heart through me.” Then I told him I’m a pastor.

Henry was very interested and said that he grew up going to church “only on the big days like Christmas and Easter.” Then he asked about my favourite verse. “This is your opportunity to be a witness for Jesus,” the Spirit seemed to say. So I pulled out my phone and opened up Ephesians 2:1-9 with him. We spent almost an hour looking at those verses, talking about what it meant to be dead in sin, what a ‘child of wrath’ was, the justice of punishing sin, the love with which God gave Jesus, the reality of grace, unity with Christ, and many other things that come up in that passage. Henry said that he had never thought much about these things, but that he now understood how important they are.

I could see that he was taking this seriously, so I took another step of faith and said, “Henry, sin and Hell aren’t just important things to think about. They’re things that impact you. You have sin, and there is a penalty for it. The only ways to pay the penalty are to take Jesus up on His offer to cover your sin for you, or to pay it yourself. I encourage you to consider the state of your soul.”

Henry seemed troubled and thanked me for making it clear to him. He said that he would think about it, and asked if I would like to catch up some time. We exchanged contact details and moved onto other things. The party ended and we parted ways.

Henry is on a spiritual journey. When we catch up we will no doubt talk about our shared hobby as well as all the other things you talk about when you are getting to know someone. But in addition to all that, I will be a witness for Jesus in my words and actions, just like I was at that restaurant over the weekend.

Who’s life is God sending you into? Our days are full of divine appointments that God has set up to give us the chance to speak the gospel into. Learn to look for the Holy Spirit’s prompting throughout the day. Pray and ask Him to help you notice when He gives you an opportunity. Sometimes you will find that people are eager to hear what you have to say about the most important Person in your life. Other times you may find that people don’t want to talk about it. But at all times you will find that God has called you to be a witness, and wherever you go you are sent by the Holy Spirit into the lives of others to help them take the next step in their journey towards Jesus.

HOW IS THE HOLY SPIRIT INVOLVED IN A PERSON’S SALVATION?

Answer 1: The Spirit helps you recognise opportunities to share Christ with people.

I enjoy playing video games on the computer with my kids. We team up to battle other teams of people from around the world. When we don’t have enough people to make up a team of five, the game assigns us random teammates that match our skill levels. Often there is good chat and banter among the teammates as we play.

One day I really enjoyed chatting with one of my random teammates whose gaming name is “Axes” (changed). He friended me after the game, and I friended him back so we would see when each other was online and could team up. Over time we played several games and started chatting via keyboard in between games too. Eventually he joined in games where my kids were playing also and was amazed to find out that I was not young like him. If I slew someone in a game, he would let them know, “You just got taken out by a man in his fifties!”

We found out that Axes was studying at university right here in Sydney as an international student. A couple of months ago, Axes and several of my kids met up for lunch at the mall in Chatswood and really enjoyed meeting each other in person. Axes was disappointed that I couldn’t be there. So a couple of weeks ago we met with him again and this time I was there. We got off the metro and headed to the restaurant. As soon as we arrived, Axes (yes, we call him by his gamer tag even in real life) knew which person was me. He walked up to me and put his arms around me in a long, warm hug.

Over lunch, I asked Axes to share his story with us. “What made you decide to come to Australia to study?” Without hesitation he answered, “To get away from my family.” Axes trusts us and was opening up to us about pain in his life.

The Apostle Paul asked the Colossians to pray that God would give him opportunities to share Christ with people who were in prison with him: And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.” (Colossians 4:3-4).

Paul goes on to then challenge the Colossians to look for those opportunities in their own lives to share Christ with those around them:

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:5-6).

When you say to God, as I have been in recent days, “Please give me opportunities to share what it means to know you with others around me,” you can be sure that God will create those opportunities for meaningful conversations that go deeper than the surface and point to our need for God and a relationship with Jesus. You can also be sure that God wants you to notice those opportunities.

It’s the Holy Spirit who makes you suddenly alert that an encounter you have with someone just turned into a redemptive conversation!

When Axes said that he decided to study in Australia “to get away from my family”, I was instantly aware that this was God opening a door for my witness. I asked him why he wanted to get away from his family and he shared that his parents were super controlling about his every move. He returns home in a couple of months and said he will be “back in the bird cage”.

As the conversation moved on Axes, interested to hear more about my life, asked me about what I do. When I shared that I coach church leadership teams in how to share their relationship with Jesus more effectively with people outside the church, Axes commented that his sister followed him to study in the same Australian university he goes to and that she has become a Christian while at university. She is nervous about how to tell their Buddhist parents about her new faith. He told her it’s good for her to be into whatever she wants.

This gave me the chance to share with him that God has made us for a relationship with him and that our lives will never work how God designed them unless we have that relationship with him that comes through Jesus. It’s not just something we are ‘into’; it’s necessary for life.

Both we and Axes are eager to meet up again before he heads back overseas and I hope his sister is able to join us as well. I want to encourage her about her conversation with her parents and hope that will give a basis for more gospel conversations with Axes too.

I’m thankful that God gave me that opportunity for meaningful conversation with Axes on that day and that the Holy Spirit made me aware that it was an opportunity to speak with him about Jesus.

Ask the Spirit to sensitise you also about the opportunities he places in your encounters with the people around you!

Have you partnered with Jesus?  

There is no doubt that Jesus was effective in spreading the good news of the kingdom of God here on earth. But have you considered the partnerships Jesus had that enabled him to accomplish the work the Father had given him to do? 

Jesus partnered with his Father and the Holy Spirit. In John 5 we read Jesus saying, “the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing” verse 19. Again, in verse 30 Jesus says, “I can do nothing on my own”. 

Although fully God, Jesus operated only out of his humanity during his time on earth. He recognised his human limitations and his need for the Fathers divine direction and help through the Holy Spirit to accomplish his purpose. We see an example of this so clearly when Jesus began his ministry. In Luke 4 we see Jesus ministering in Capernaum, first in the synagogue and afterwards in Simon’s house. Mass crowds gathered and bought the sick and the demon possessed to be healed. Then, the very next day, we see Jesus finding a quiet place to be alone with the Father. When his disciples come looking for him, Jesus says to them “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well”. He had his instructions from the Father and went in the power of the Spirit. This is a scene we see often in the gospels; in fact, the busier ministry got for Jesus the more we see him taking time out in prayer seeking the Fathers will. Jesus could only achieve his purpose in partnership with his Father and the Holy Spirit. 

Jesus partnered with other people. In Luke 8:1-3 we see Jesus going “through the cities and villagers, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God”. But do you notice who is with Jesus? It may surprise you … he isn’t alone.

“The twelve were with him”. This may seem obvious but they aren’t the only ones. These twelve are the ones Jesus called to follow him. They are the ones he intentionally trained to share in the ministry of the gospel. Jesus knew his human reach was limited, he knew his time here on earth was limited, he knew his ministry as a man was limited, so he identified and equipped others to multiply his ministry across the world. Jesus modelled a team approach. Even when Jesus sent them out he didn’t send them alone but sent them out as a team of pairs. There are no lone rangers in Jesus’ ministry. 

Then we read, “also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities… and many others” were with Jesus. The very people who benefited from Jesus’ ministry were with Jesus. Why? Because they thought he was a nice guy?  I am sure they did think he was a nice guy, but more than that they had come to believe in who Jesus was and shared his kingdom purpose. They followed Jesus and participated in the ministry he had been called to. These people were the ones “who provided for them (Jesus and the 12) out of their means”. These women, and the many others, may not have been given the gift of evangelism, they may not have been trained for ministry, but they did use what God had given them and partnered with Jesus and the twelve to see the good news of the kingdom of God spread and multiply. 

Do you know why I am sincerely grateful Jesus partnered with his Father and the Spirit? Why I am sincerely grateful Jesus partnered with people? Because I am now one of the beneficiaries of his gospel ministry and, if you believe in Jesus, so are you. 

Is evangelism something you do in your own strength, with your own strategy? Jesus is calling you to stop and seek his direction and serve in response to his Spirit. Are you feeling Jesus calling you to follow him and be trained as a minister of the gospel? Today is the day to trust him, respond in obedience and take that step of faith.  Do you believe in Jesus? Then you are a beneficiary of his gospel ministry. He invites you to provide further for his gospel workers out of your means.  

Best Bible verses to use in conversations with non-believers

Ephesians 2:8-9

 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast”.

Sitting nervously in the car park watching people walk into church one Sunday, Susan said to me, “How can I go in there, I’m not like those other women”.  When I asked her what she meant, Susan explained to me that she didn’t feel as though she was as good as the other women who go to church. In her eyes they seemed to do the right thing and had lived their lives a lot differently to her.

In that moment I saw what was holding Susan back from experiencing a real relationship with Jesus. Susan believed she had to be a good person or do the right thing to be good enough for God and good enough to go to church.

Can you see the lie Susan was believing? This is a lie the enemy wants us to believe because deep down, whether we say it or not, we all know that we have messed up. We know we have sinned and fall short of Gods perfect standard.

Today God wants you to help people understand the truth of Ephesians 2:8-9 that says:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

The truth is that no amount of good works saves us or makes us good enough for God. It’s by his grace and his grace alone we are saved through faith in Jesus Christ.

The truth is that no amount of good works saves us or makes us good enough for God. It’s by his grace alone we are saved through faith in Jesus Christ.

I turned to Susan that morning and explained it is most likely that every other woman walking into church has felt like her before. But the good news for us all is that it’s by Gods amazing grace that we have been saved and are made right in his eyes. There is nothing any of us can do to earn Gods love and forgiveness. The good news is God offers us forgiveness as a gift, not because we are good enough or deserve it but because he loves us. All we need to do is receive his gift to us by faith – trusting our lives to him.

I went on to explain to Susan that the women she is judging herself against are no better than she is—they also needed Gods saving grace. They now try to live their lives in response to Gods love for them.

Who in your life feels unworthy to be loved by God?

Who do you know that is striving to live a life that is “good enough”for God?

Maybe the people you know express their belief about being good enough differently to Susan. Maybe they think the roof will cave in if they go to church or think heaven won’t accept them. In any case, they need you to help them understand the truth!

Take time now to memorise Ephesians 2:8-9. Then ask God for an opportunity to share the truth of his grace and our need to respond through faith.

Best Bible verses to use in conversations with non-believers

2 Peter 3:9
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

We don’t often think of time as being relative, do we? I mean, there are only so many hours in a day. But according to Einstein’s theory of relativity, the rate at which time passes depends on your frame of reference. Maybe that explains why our good days whiz by, and the bad ones just drag on!

The reality is that if we were to observe time through the lens of velocity or gravity it would dramatically contradict what we assume to be true about the absoluteness of time. That’s why astronauts on the International Space Station age at a slower rate than us here on earth and the GSP systems of our satellites constantly need to be recalibrated. It’s also the reason why your cell phone measures time by the number of vibrations in a stable atom and not the rotation of earth around the sun.

It’s quite mind bending isn’t it? Think of how God sees time. God views time very differently than we do because His frame of reference is far above us. The way God orchestrates our past, present, and future is inexplainable, but it’s important that we remember that God has been, is, and will continue to be, at work in lives of those He is sending us to as witnesses.


As you share the Gospel with your redemptive relationship, you can show them through this Scripture that God will fulfil his promise to judge this world. Share with them that God is patiently holding back his judgment, giving them time to hear his loving invitation and turn to him.


You friend, fellow ambassador for Christ, bear the message that God is working in their life today; and at this very moment in time, God is reaching out to them for relationship if only they would repent of their sin and receive Jesus as their Saviour.

Best Bible verses to use in conversations with non-believers

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

This blog series aims to help you know the best Bible verses you can use in sharing Christ with non-believers. Craig, Aaron, Josh and Andrew already shared with you the first four Bible verses we can use:

John 14:6

John 10:9-10

Romans 5:8

Today, I would like to share the most straightforward Bible verse I often use when sharing Christ with people, a verse that very simply shares two core truths. I understand that many of us sincere and God-fearing Christians struggle to articulate the core truths of the gospel in few sentences because I once had that struggle too. When we grasp the fullness of what Jesus did for us all at Calvary, we cannot help wanting to share it with everyone. We want everyone to have what we have!

We know that the Bible has a lot of great verses to share, but sometimes we hesitate to start gospel conversations with people because we are not sure which verses to use. We feel like we need to memorise heaps of verses to share the gospel with people, so we hold back.

I encourage you to just memorise Romans 6:23 — “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” When sharing this verse with a non-believer, simply pick out the two core truths of the verse, which are separated by the comma—the first truth is why we desperately need God’s help, and the second is the gospel!

Let me show you what I mean…

Truth 1: “For the wages of sin is death”

Think of a child and a parent. When a child disobeys, the relationship with his parent is strained. The parent’s love remains unchanged; however, the child may experience some consequences like discipline, natural consequences of their behaviour, mistrust and a sense of guilt. So it is with God and us. When we rebel against God’s will, ways and rule in our lives, we earn wages and those wages are “death”—a brokenness that separates us from God, the source of real life!

Truth 2: “But the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord”

Only God can bring healing, love and wholeness. When we turn to God, trusting that Jesus paid for our forgiveness when he died on the cross, God forgives us as a gift. The gift comes “through Christ Jesus”. That is, you don’t have to do a lot of good things to earn it because Jesus already paid for it. You just need to thank God for his forgiveness and receive it. That’s called faith.

As you share this verse, make sure to share your own story of how you have met Christ. This is the most powerful thing you can do, as it says in Revelation 12:11. Be honest, and don’t sugarcoat it. People need to hear how your life was and how God changed your life. 

So, if you have someone in your life who doesn’t know Jesus yet, and you want them to experience the fullness of life through Jesus, share your heart and be vulnerable with them. Share your own experience of brokenness and healing that God is bringing. Talk about the way to get right with God, use Romans 6:23 and remember to keep it simple. If you can lock these two core truths in your mind, you will be able to share the gospel with anyone. 

Go BIG in praying for your witness. Remember that the Bible is the story of people who prayed, and God answered!

Best Bible verses to use in conversations with non-believers

Romans 5:8 

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Surely this is one of the greatest ever Bible verses. It basically sums up the entire Christian message in one short line. While we were still sinners, while we were still at odds with God, Christ died for us. There was nothing we could do, so he did it for us.

The first thing the person you are speaking with needs to know about God is how much he loves them, and that his love reaches past any sense of guilt they may have to bring them into a great relationship with him. This verse will help you communicate that truth.

In many movies, there is this theme of sacrifice. I am thinking of movies like the Avengers movies, Titanic etc. But what these all have in common is that the people in them are sacrificing their lives for their friends and loved ones. Imagine if, instead of sacrificing their lives for their friends, they sacrificed their lives for their enemies. It’s inconceivable! But that is what this verse is telling us. While we were still sinners, that is, while we were still at odds with God and his enemies, Christ died for us.

What we are seeing in the world today through people’s reaction to COVID and the gender issues is that people are becoming more and more absorbed with self – even if it’s to the detriment of everyone else around them. What this means is that when you think of the people around you, this sacrificial love of the Christian faith is becoming increasingly alien to people’s thinking. But I think that just makes it more and more powerful!

When you speak with people about God, think about this verse and tell them about Christ’s love for them. Share with them that they don’t have to ‘fix themselves up’ before coming to him. Tell them that contrary to what the world preaches these days, Jesus will meet them where they are now, in all their hurt and struggles, with all their thorns and with all their struggles and imperfections.

For people who are genuinely seeking God, their sense of unworthiness can be one of the biggest hurdles in their journey towards him—they feel like they need God, but that they are not worthy of him. What a beautiful truth to be able to tell them: God doesn’t want us to be perfect before coming to him; he wants to be the one to help us become perfect…in him!

Best Bible verses to use in conversations with non-believers

John 10:9-10

I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.  

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

What a great verse to share with people who are searching for answers, who feel a void in their lives that they just can’t fill. The picture Jesus paints of peace and contentment that is found in a relationship with him is beautiful.

You might be afraid to use this verse. What if people object to the idea that Jesus is the door and that people have to enter by him to be saved. Aren’t there other ways to be right with God?

The exclusivity of Jesus Christ is a very controversial issue today, isn’t it?  In fact, my own extended family doesn’t agree about eternal death apart from faith in Jesus alone.  That’s not all that surprising; but listen, as kids we were raised in the same church denomination.  We even went to the same Bible college.  So now as an adult, how should I interact with my family members who know the gospel but believe something different than me about what the gospel says?   

It’s one thing for a Hindu or a Muslim to reject Jesus as the only way to find redemption for sin and experience the abundant life internal.  It’s easier because we expect to hear that from them, right?  We mentally and emotionally prepare for it as part of cultivating the witnessing lifestyle.   

But within the broad institution of the church today, the lines are blurred, and people are beginning to question whether there could really in fact be eternal damnation apart from the saving grace of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. 

Our culture today screams inclusivity.  For example, we are taught that when you are working on a team there is no individualism. We share everything on Facebook because we love the community.  In an effort to find peace as a community, we don’t, or at least we shouldn’t, discriminate against those who are different from us.  And our culture socially punishes behaviours that rebuke the minority.  As a result, we, as followers of Jesus, can so easily become indifferent to the exclusiveness of Jesus and water down the truth of the gospel to make it more palatable.  We must not.  If we do, then what?  Would we then still see the saving power of the gospel transform people’s lives?  Certainly not. 

So how should I interact with someone who finds this verse about the exclusiveness of Jesus Christ to be an obstacle to their faith in Him?  Should I speak and potentially cause relational tension, or not speak and potentially keep an artificial form of peace?  Even when I speak about Jesus being the only way to a right relationship with God I must remember that Colossians 4:5-6 says, “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.  Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”

Never forget that the exclusiveness of Christ in John 10:9-10 is the source of humanity’s overwhelming hope.  These verses help humanity understand the meaning behind why the world is in so much pain, and it guides the pursuit of a human’s search for happiness & true purpose.

Might I challenge you today to act wisely, making the most use of the time.  Always be full of grace, season your speech with salt.  And focus on using John 10:9-10 to share the hope, meaning, happiness and purpose you’ve found in Jesus Christ with those relationships with people who have never yet heard the gospel.

Settle in your own heart what the Bible clearly teaches—no one comes to God except through Jesus.

When sharing these beautiful verses with people who are searching, don’t assume they will object to this verse and feel like you need to make all the explanations about his exclusivity. Rather, just share what the verse shares, that if a person is struggling to find peace and contentment because of the brokenness in their lives, they will find only find those things in Jesus. Then share what Jesus has meant to you.