Not Just Another School Subject

One of my favorite classes in college was about different cultures and religions. We studied many ancient texts from authors like Aristotle, Buddha, St. Augustine, and Job.           

During this class, I befriended a student named Julie*. I could tell that Julie struggled with the material, and I offered to help her study. I didn’t know if Julie was a Christian, and I prayed that one of these study sessions would provide an opportunity to share the gospel.           

One day we were studying in the food court and discussing Christianity. This is the perfect time, I thought, and I felt the Holy Spirit telling me to speak up.           

“You know, sometimes we talk about Jesus and Christianity like it’s just another school subject,” I said to Julie. My heart was pounding, and I tried to have a strong voice. “Actually, I believe that the Bible is true, and I believe in Jesus.”           

Julie looked at me, clearly intrigued. “Jesus isn’t just a character,” I continued, “He is real. I believe He died on the cross for my sins, and that is what gives me joy in life.”           

Julie then asked me if I grew up around Christianity. I explained to her that my parents also believe in Jesus, but that is not why I believe. I had to make this decision for myself. Then I asked Julie if she grew up with any religion.           

“I guess my parents are Buddhist,” she said hesitantly, “but really, we don’t believe in anything.” She shrugged her shoulders. “I don’t know.”           

Julie’s answer saddened me. I couldn’t imagine life without believing in anything! However, I thanked God for the opportunity to share with Julie the reality of Jesus and of the gospel message.           

Although Julie didn’t become a Christian that day, we developed a friendship that would last beyond that class. I love having Julie as a friend, and I pray that God opens her heart to accept His gospel.

Rachel Sinclair writes from Birmingham, Alabama, and loves to share people’s stories. Contact her at rsinclai@samford.edu.

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