The outsider feels his status — and wants in
In our Bible reading group Wednesday night, we had one non-Christian who has been attending sporadically for a year. He married a fairly new Christian. During the reading, I asked each person how long they had been baptized. He, of course, had no reply.
Afterwards, he asked to meet with me privately. He came to the house Friday night to ask for a study in preparation for baptism.
On their way to the group Wednesday night, he mentioned to his wife about being an outsider — outside of Christ, although I’m sure he didn’t have that vocabulary, but he did know he was not a part of the body of Christ.
In the group, he felt it keenly when everyone mentioned how long they had been Christians.
He saw God working in that question, as a nudge, perhaps, to study and be baptized. We can say that the providence of God was at work, don’t you think?
In the church, we want people to feel comfortable and to feel a part of our group. That is a good approach. At the same time, perhaps God wants people to feel that they are not in Christ, so that they will desire to enter through baptism and find salvation in the Way.
“… you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord” Eph 5.8a NET.
“For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” Gal 3.27.
Pray that this soul will understand the will of God and become a follower of Christ.