As I settled to read aboard a United flight to Houston, Texas, a gentleman, Alex, sitting next to me, found out that I was an evangelist and decided to engage me in a spiritual conversation. He said: “How do you explain the deficient god of the old testament? How can there be only one way to the truth?” He continued: “Science will eventually give a better explanation as to how we came to be. An explanation that will trounce the old testament’s 7-day creation theory.” On and on he went. In turn, I asked Alex about his occupation, his family, his belief. I sought to find where his trouble was. It appeared Alex was flying into Vancouver, but the Canadian Government had just instituted a new process for visa exempt visitors to apply for an eTA. It could take about 72 hours to get an approval. Alex was afraid he would not be approved in time, which would forfeit all his booked flights; and, therefore, he would not see his family member.
A Relationship of Power
I prayed for Alex, and told him his eTA application would be approved before we landed in Houston. He was hopeful but didn’t believe. I told him there was no need to trade words back and forth over creation, old testament, etc. This was a Kairos moment—a moment for a demonstration of God’s power. “Christianity is a relationship, not a religion,” I said, “and you will soon see the power of that relationship.” As we landed in Houston, Alex checked his email in my presence, as though to prove my prayer had no effect. He said: “See, nothing.” I took a look at his phone and pointed to an email that said “approved.” He lit up with joy, took my contact information and said he would stay in touch. I gave him a copy of my book “What is God Doing Now? God performed a miracle for Alex and opened up a door for him not just to enter Canada, but also to believe in the power of our precious Jesus Christ.
God’s Power is Your Key Differentiator
Yes, Christianity is words; it’s intellectual argument; it’s the way you live out your life; but, it is also a demonstration of power. Don’t lose the power component as that is what separates Christianity from all other religions. The fact that Jesus said: “…He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” – John 14:12. Mohammed did not promise this. Buddha couldn’t promise this. Unbelievers can argue all they like with words, but they can’t deny the power. It’s why Jesus said: ” But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works:” – John 10:38. It’s why Nicodemus said: “…for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.” – John 3:2. As a believer, you carry God’s power. And that, my friend, is your key differentiator.
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. – 1 Corinthians 2:4-5