1 Corinthians 3:6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.
Part 2 – Yesterday I asked you to picture yourself on a jet that has just taken off for a long flight. The person next to you is not a Christian and is searching the various religions to find the right one. He has been reading the Bible as part of his search and is filled with questions and begins to ask you them.
This specific scenario happened to me and a young friend named Andy a decade ago. We were in Ukraine and were on the first leg of our trip home, flying across Europe. The young man next to me was raised a Muslim but had concluded that it was not the answer. In his search, he had narrowed it down to Judaism and Christianity. He had been particularly struck by the concept of ‘loving one another’.
This Q&A and discussion of our faith went on for the entire 3 hour flight. The more we talked the more apparent it became just how thorough his search had been. He raised questions on specific passages throughout the Bible. He was also very aware of the price he would pay with his family for leaving Islam but he was determined to find the truth.
He had been waiting for over a year to make this trip to come to college in America. The Lord timed the flight so that we would have the blessing of being with him on this leg of his trip. How I thought of this verse as we experienced the joy of responding to his questions and sharing our faith with him. Shortly before the end of the flight we exchanged email addresses and Andy told me that the young man had said to him, “It was no accident that I sat down with you two!”
What a marvelous opportunity this was to be a part of God’s plan to bring someone to Himself. We had been given the opportunity to water the seeds others had planted. In the subsequent months, I wondered if this young man had completed his search. You can imagine my joy and gratitude to the Lord when I received the following email at Christmas of that year:
“Merry Christmas Don,
I guess you don’t remember me. Well, we met in plane when we were traveling from Ukraine to Amsterdam this July.
Let me share something with you what god has done to me, it may surprise you. If you remember me then you will remember that I was on a spiritual journey. And I was not able to find god’s way or light. I was living in darkness. And when we met, I was on the point where I knew that God’s way was in Judaism or Christianity. Well, on the night of 14th Oct, when I was talking to a pastor I found a light. I was literally crying afterwards. I found Jesus. I tell you after that night, I have lived every moment as a complete life. I am thankful to him that he could come to a sinner like me.
Well, I just wanted to share my experience with you.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.”