I Want to be a Christian
Our coworker in SE Asia shares an opportunity he had to share Christ with a young Indian man who came to his house. The young man is now a brother in Christ. Read about what he saw in Christians that drew Him to Christ.
TP, Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia
A Christian man, who is a family friend, showed up with a guest at 8:00 on a Sunday morning. We had two and a half hours before our church service. My friend brought MT to meet our family, and we welcomed him. MT is a bit shy. He is an Indian young man and an orphan with a Muslim background. MT lives with some friends his age.
MT said he was not happy. He met our friend in the market place and told our friend he wanted to become a Christian, so they came to our home. I asked MT why he wanted to become a Christian?
He said, “I feel like I need something in my life.” There are many things I need in my life. I don’t have parents. I need material things, but they are not what I really long for in my life. I feel like I need something to fill the emptiness in my heart.
I see and hear some people who are gathering in houses, singing, praying, laughing, and caring for each other. I see so much love among these people. So I told this man (pointing at our friend who bought him to me) that I want to be a member of those people.
As a Muslim, MT knew some parts the Old Testament. I explained the history of Islam. Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son. Muslims believe Abraham was asked to sacrifice Ishmael, so they still kill fat bulls. Actually, Abraham was asked to sacrifice Isaac, born to his wife, Sarah. Instead, God prepared a ram for Abraham. Then I explained the history of Christianity. I talked about Jesus Christ. He became the Savior, yet he was also the Creator God, and the One who will judge all living beings.
As we talked I said, “I will tell you why those Christian people you see are happy and caring for each other. It is because they have been freed from sin. They have been saved. They know one day they will go to heaven to live with the Creator and with the Savior forever. There will be no end, no sorrow, no sadness, no more tears. Jesus, whom you call Isa, has done everything for us. Jesus suffered on the cross, He died, and He was buried. Now He has risen. Now He is living in Heaven preparing the eternal home for us.
If you accept Jesus as your personal Savior, you will be saved. You will experience the happiness you never had before. You will see His love and care in your life. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Jesus alone can give believers eternal life. Jesus also says, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
I read to him from John 14:6, Matthew 11:28, Philippians 2:10, Revelation 1:17-18, 20:15, 22:12-13.
Then I said, “It’s up to you to accept Jesus as your personal Savior. Do you want to wait to make decision, or will you accept Him today?”
MT said, “I accept Him to be my Savior right now.”
Then I taught MT about baptism. He was baptized the same day just before we started the worship service. He is happy now. Pray for MT to continue to grow in Christ.
There are so many people out there just like MT.