And so begins October, the air crisp and chilly, the leaves turning brilliant shades of rouge and amber, midterms just around the corner, and a new semester of Lighthouse well underway.
This fall we have been invited to share the questions we have on our hearts about faith and about God, in hopes of finding that others encounter the same questions, as well as finding some answers through our studies.
I am not an inquisitive person by nature; I tend to accept information given to me without much trouble, so I was taken aback when I started reading the anonymous questions offered up by my fellow Lighthouse members. Many of the questions had been on my heart for several years, but I did not realize it until now. This led me to ask some of my own questions:
Is God truly “enough?” And if so, why do we have to do anything in life if we believe in Him?
What are our roles in spreading the news of God to others? Is it a matter of bringing people in to church, or do we bring church to them? Should I feel guilty if I don’t bring everybody I know to Lighthouse?
I realize that these are pretty weighty questions, but I think that they are intrinsically related, and that they can be answered.
I feel like if God thought that He would be enough for us, He wouldn’t have created us to have needs other than Himself. Having said that, I also think that we can find God in all of the things that sustain us physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Relationships seem to be the basis of all of these needs. We need food and water for our bodies to function; most of our meals are shared with others. We engage in conversation and studies, which often include discussion with peers for fruitful mental growth. And spiritually, where would we be without the important people in our lives? They provide not only the above needs, but love, support, encouragement, and security that we all need and desire, all of which are also provided by God. I can personally think of several people through whom I can clearly see and feel the love of Jesus—this is where my idea of evangelism comes in. During my freshman year of college, I struggled with living in an atmosphere where I was a religious minority, and I wondered how to do my duty as a disciple of Christ. My father told me that through patience, loving actions, and living according to Jesus’ will, I could be a light to my peers.
This is obviously not evangelism in the traditional sense, but I think it can be even more effective than outright invitations to church. One of the most important things Jesus wanted for us was to love one another as much as we love him. That seems like a pretty good place to start. Why not share the news of Christ by sharing His unconditional love? Why not lead by example, using Jesus as our prime role model? Just as we find God in all of our earthly sustenance, so too can we find Him in ourselves and in our relationships. After all, we were created in His image, and that in itself is enough.