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Whom do we follow?

All Christians are growing as disciples, including MBBs. They often face significant societal pressure to follow people and please them. The pressure may be overt – do as I say – or as simple as expecting us to conform to their actions or react as they wish.

A biblical example: 

16“But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces, who call to their companions 17and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you didn’t dance. We mourned for you, and you didn’t lament.’

Matthew 11:16-17 WEB

The Bible indicates that there are people whose goal is to have control over us, often with no concern for the outcome except that controlling us makes them feel better.

There is good news: we can chose whom to follow. 

Jesus Christ cares about our future, and is good. Christians, when faced with the siren song of following people are best served by following Christ instead of people. His ways and words lead to good results and the best fellowship. 

Keywords: Christian, discipleship, MBB, Christ before people

Using my real name

I have been using Abu Da’ud as a pen name. In a few months I will reveal my name and use it for speaking events and books that come out later (I am working on a few).

The reason for the change is that I have been asked to speak publicly to people who know me or know people who could quickly identify me.

Lord willing, I will put my name into the profile on this site, and my Twitter and Facebook accounts, all of which will continue to be used.

May the Lord bless you all.

Keywords, my name

God’s welcoming nature revealed in His names

God welcomes us. People either forget that or never knew. Many need God’s peace today, and God calls them to Himself so that He can give them that peace. People often cannot see His welcome, so they live in frenetic and uncomfortable worlds. So how do we understand His welcome if we cannot see it?

The first thing is to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. We can then look at just two of His names, Father and I Am. His names reveal His character and how He acts.

Many understand God’s immense power, revealed when He says He is I Am. He is self-existent and can do anything He wants. That knowledge is good, but leaves people wondering how He will treat them.

God is revealed in Christ as a good father who cares for and deeply loves His children. He made all of us, and those that follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are His children. We can then know that the One that can do anything welcomes us as His children and looks favorably on us individually. We can come to God and He will take care of our circumstances. He also giving us a peace that passes understanding as He works in our circumstances. This peace is based on knowing his goodness continues towards us regardless of our circumstances.

Keywords: how God sees us, Father, I Am, names of God, love, children

Good news for the seeker: God wants to be found

Many of you know people who are seeking to begin a relationship with the living God. Some of you are in that position. I have good news for the seeker: the God of this universe wants to be found. He loves and cares for each of us, wanting each one to be part of His family so that He can love them as a good father loves a child, and also as a faithful friend loves a friend.

Rather than try to provide an answer for the intensely personal journey of a seeker, may I suggest the following for those seeking God: ask Him, “Please show me who You are, and I will follow You.” If a seeker prays that prayer sincerely, I believe He will lead and direct that person into the truth about who He is and the steps to take to enter into a personal relationship with God.

Keywords: seeker, evangelism, prayer

Insights for evangelizing Muslims from my testimony

Part of my testimony provides useful insights into evangelizing Muslims:

[Please] let the [Muslim] seeker know that they will not see all of Christ in a single person.  Also, you cannot be all of Christ to any individual.  Even though I could see the likeness of Christ being formed in my Christian friends, no single one of them carried Christ’s entire image.  It was seeing many Christians loving each other and me that showed me much of Christ in them.  I could see that He was transforming them, and recognized that I could not expect any one of them to be perfect.  Neither do you have to be perfect to be effective in sharing the gospel.

Before I became a Christian, people at the university I attended knew that I was a Muslim.  They also knew that there were not many Muslims that became Christians, and those that were Christian wanted to see Muslims come to the Lord.  In fact, some were determined to see me come to the Lord.  However, in their zeal, they did not use the best of methods. 

At first, they simply tried to argue with me.  When they were not trying to convince me, they really did not pay much attention to me.  I am very independent, and did not need attention, but I was examining their conduct to try to find out if Christ was who He said He was.  I was searching for the truth at the time.  They did not know that.  One day, after they had confronted me with the Bible, I told them that they would be much more effective if they actually started living the way that they believed and loved me rather than trying to force me to become a Christian.  I also told them I felt that they were trying to cram the Bible down my throat rather than reason with me, and their entire approach lacked love.  I told them, not wanting sympathy but to tell them the truth, that their approach made me feel like I was to them simply an object to be converted – a potential notch on the belt – rather than a person.  I also told them that if becoming a Christian would make me treat people like that, I did not want to become a Christian.  I thought that would be the end of their attempts at trying to convert me.

Thankfully, my words had the opposite effect.  I later found out that what they did was they listened to what I had said, realized that they needed to change how they were doing things, and spent some time in repentance and asking God to show them how to love me properly.  They started including me in things that they were doing and actually showed care and concern for me as a person.  I started to see Christ in them, rather than people who were trying to convert me.  Seeing the change as they begin to actually live out their faith was a powerful testimony to me, and part of the reason that I continued to seek understanding regarding the nature of Jesus.  For any person wanting to share the gospel, please show the love of God to the people you are talking with, even if it is just for a few seconds.  That love will be remembered, and is an extremely powerful way of drawing people to Christ.  It is also part of obeying the Lord.

The above excerpt is from my book, Discipling Muslim Background Believers, available in digital format from this website (EPUB and MOBI) and on Amazon (Kindle (MOBI)). The printed version is only available on Amazon.

A more detailed testimony, including how God answered my three main questions (asked by most Muslim seekers) about the virgin birth, the Trinity and the nature of Jesus, can also be found in the book.

Keywords: insights, evangelism, Muslim, salvation