Praise the Lord! Yesterday I was able witness, firsthand, God’s glory. He allowed me to be a part of the first Greek InterVarsity student coming to faith at UCLA. After recapping my first day on campus, I couldn’t help but come home to my apartment and Praise God!
Ryan, from Theta Chi, is the same guy that I met on my first prayer walk. He mentioned to me that he grew up with a Protestant background, knew that God was good and wanted to know how to have spiritual conversations. As we started diving deeper into studying more scripture, it was clear to me that no one had every shared what the Gospel was with Ryan or what Christianity was all about.
We got together last night to talk through Mark 1 and to study the types of disciples Jesus called along with the awe, authority and the indescribable draw He had on people. In Mark 1, we see Simon, Andrew, John and James leave behind their boats, their families, their way of living, their comfortability to follow a man who was walking by the Sea of Galilee who said, “Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men.”
We both came into agreement that it would be absolutely absurd to leave all of the things behind to follow Jesus but we saw that Jesus is the Son of God who came to heal, cast out demons and restore life. As the conversation continued, Ryan pointed out that there was something so distinctly different about Jesus in the way he taught with authority and performed miracles.
Ryan had no denial that Jesus was real and that He is the Son of God. He then mentioned to me that there were a couple of things he did not want to give up in following Jesus. He knows that they hinder his relationship with God but doesn’t really know why. We talked for the next hour and a half about Jesus and I had asked him if anyone had ever shared the Gospel with him or what this ‘Christian’ thing was all about. He said no and that his extent of reading the bible was one of the old testament books when he was younger.
It was clear to me that God was giving Ryan an interpretation through Mark 1–that he was one of the fisherman and he was asking him to leave certain things behind and follow this supernatural Jesus.
I drew the 4 circles diagram for him and he pointed out to me that he felt like he was in the 2nd circle. We talked about how the mark of a Christian was the way that they love one another as themselves, how they make disciples, share about this amazing Jesus and do mission to serve and heal the world. Ryan said that he wanted this and I asked him if he wanted to start a relationship with Jesus right then and there.
He said yes! I asked him if he would be willing to open up space in his house to hold a bible study in the next week and to come out and Proxe with us and he said yes to that as well.
Praise the Lord! Will you pray for Ryan as he starts his spiritual journey and understanding who Jesus is and how he desires to bless Ryan with fullness.