Does God Exist in People Who Do Not Believe in Jesus Christ?
For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. ~Matthew 5:45
When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’20So he got up and went to his father. ~Luke 15:17-20
I spent a long time during young adulthood trying to straddle the fence with God and choosing what was more convenient for me instead. I actually made life harder for myself by playing it lukewarm. As Kingdom Men we believe in the absolutes of scripture. One of those is that God exists in all of us, whether we believe in Him or not because we are all created in His image. But let’s be clear men, until we have accepted Christ into our lives, we are separated from God.
God connects with nonbelievers through His Goodness. Both believers and nonbelievers experience common grace (Matthew 5:45). Love is common grace; life is common grace. God’s character of goodness is common to all of his children. But we have to choose to accept it. We have to choose, like the Prodigal Son, to come back home.
He connects with nonbelievers by providing us with ways to choose to love Him. We broke the creation and so God, in His Holiness, judged us. In his goodness, God withheld judgment until payment was required so that we might choose Him. But in his mercy when the debt came due, He paid it with his Son (Romans 3:25-26). He demonstrated His love, his patience and his authority, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
However, for nonbelievers it is hard to know what “home” is. It’s hard to know that home is healthy and safe. As a result, when they experience common grace they may try to explain it away as a coincidence, luck or a product of “my hard work”. But it’s an opportunity for them to turn to God. The enemy wants them to explain it away, in some cases he helps them make excuses. But these are all opportunities to see God with us, to know Emmanuel (God with Us, Isaiah 7:14)
Today’s Prayer: God, show the men around me who don’t know you that you have never walked away from them. Thank you for allowing them to experience grace and love, both from You and from others. Help me to be natural and gentle in my approach as it is difficult as a Kingdom Man to watch and know that just because he is a good guy, it doesn’t mean he is saved and living for you. God help me to be ok with the fact that I may not be the one who ultimately helps him give his heart to you. Please do not allow me to be weak and complacent just because they are resistant. I request that you allow me to plant the seed through my faith and works that you have already laid before me long before I was created for Your glory. Thank You God, AMEN!