The other day, I was talking to a friend of mine who is a fairly new Christian. She is at least fairly new to being a serious Christian. She told me that she was getting really frustrated because she wanted to know more about Jesus’ disciples, but that she couldn’t find anything about them. She said she wanted to know why Jesus chose those particular twelve people to be His disciples. And she wanted to know way more than the tiny bit of information that the Bible gives. I thought that her quest was a pretty good one, but that maybe she was going in the wrong direction. Before I even knew it, I had said, “Well, I think the reason we don’t know anything about them is because they were nobody.” I went on to say that they weren’t important or rich or “known” because God wanted to show us that He can use anyone. As soon as I said it, it made a whole lot of sense, but I don’t know if I had thought about it in such plain terms before. That conversation has stuck with me all week!

My friend is an average, twenty-something adult. To me, she signifies a good portion of the population. I come from a very “churchy” background and sometimes, many times, I am out of touch with real life. Things that seem super obvious to me, so much so that I don’t even stop to think about them anymore, are not even understandable to most people. This friend has really opened my eyes recently.

When I first met her, she told me that she felt out of place at her church because people didn’t like the questions that she asked. They thought that she was somehow rebelling against God or something for asking questions at all. She said she was frustrated at feeling like she was doing wrong for trying to understand God. How could she learn more without asking questions, she wondered. I was shocked at this, as well. How can you learn without asking questions? But do I invite questions or do I shun people for asking them? Do I ask questions myself? My conclusions were that I don’t ask enough questions and I probably don’t have an inviting enough atmosphere for others’ questions either. That has already changed drastically! At a recent Bible study, one person asked a question that seemed silly to everyone. Her own family chuckled audibly! I was taken aback! I quickly said, “That’s not a silly question!” I was embarrassed, not so much because others laughed, but because 3 months ago, I would have laughed, too.

How inviting an atmosphere is that? Ugh! It makes me sad thinking about it. How can the Church evangelize the world with that kind of an attitude? And don’t forget, I’ve included myself – I’m not trying to point any fingers. I preach about having more faith and trusting God in everything you do, while people don’t even understand the basics – God can save you and use you, no matter who or what you are.

God can SAVE YOU!!! He saved ME!!! He loves us ALL!!! He loves us regardless of what we have or have not done! THAT is amazing! And yes, I did mean to shout that! That’s great news! Don’t you want to shout it, too?!