There’s Someone That Would Like To Meet You

by PJ McClure on December 17, 2012

It is amazing to me how the conversations start. No matter what the topic, I often find myself bringing in references to God, Jesus, and the Bible because that’s who I am as a person. My frame of reference for success has two main parts: me before a deep relationship with Jesus and during, so if you hang around me for long His name is bound to surface.

And please understand upfront, I don’t seek opportunities to mention God; they just happen and I’m not about to shrink from them. Regardless of your faith, I would expect the same from you.

On this very blog I have regular readers who are atheists, Muslims, Jews, and more. I hope it is because of the respect I show for people that they feel comfortable being here. My goal has never been to water down what I believe to make people comfortable, but to present life as I see it and live it so that they can be more of who they are. If you want the life advice, you get the full package of how I live.

That approach is responsible for a comment I received on a post that reminded me why I feel so strongly about being my complete self in these posts. A reader commented:

“Even as someone who has left the Christian path behind, I still find uber-value in the positive works and words from folks like you… I think, by the way, that the Christ of genuine humility is far more loving and powerful than the brittle “control-freak superiority” version of Christ that I ran away from. You provide great words of wisdom and I like that you are encouraging us to always do better, even and especially if it means superseding leadership. Thank you.”

Wow… someone who has walked away from Christianity but still finds the love and power of Jesus attractive, which really isn’t that uncommon. For centuries, people have been drawn to Jesus only to be discouraged by people. When a reporter asked Gandhi what he thought of Christianity he replied, “I like their Christ very much. It is their Christians I do not like.”

As a college student in New York, Gandhi had been turned away at the doors of a Christian church because of his heritage. Drawn by Jesus, rejected by people supposedly following Him. Our reader says the same things. “…the Christ of genuine humility is far more loving and powerful than the brittle “control-freak superiority” version of Christ that I ran away from.”

I’m sure there are countless other stories to go along with these. I have had the good fortune to work with people hurt by a church, pastor, friend, or parent in the name of Jesus, but without the mind of Jesus. My message to them is the same as I would like to give you if you have experienced any version of this misrepresentation.

You need an encounter with Jesus Himself.

He is not powerless or domineering. His message was and is one of repentance for wrong and getting into right relationship with God. The love He brought to this earth as God incarnate is the most powerful and sweetest thing ever. This is not an attempt at high theology or a way to explain the unexplainable…I can’t touch either. What you have is a level-headed invitation to meet the person I know, but has been misrepresented to you.

As crazy as this sounds, He is immediately available for consult. All you have to do is sincerely ask Him to meet you where you are. Open yourself to the experience and see what happens. That’s it! I’m not going to make an alter call or threaten to cast you into the fire if you don’t because that isn’t what I’m called to do.

I’m called to take a risk and put this out there so those far from God can find the fullness of His love in Jesus. The choice of whether or not to do it is totally yours. That’s God’s way. Yes, there are consequences for our choices, but those don’t even matter until you give yourself the chance to make a decision.

Set aside the hurts you’ve suffered from people and get to know Jesus to see if He isn’t worth your love in return. If you are someone new or returning to your faith or just someone looking to deepen your walk with the Lord, leave a comment and I’ll share my growth resources with you. It would be my pleasure.

Otherwise, know that this post is about my love for you and my willingness to take a risk and create a safe space for you to explore the most important of topics. Those are the things Jesus has done for me and it is only right that I extend the opportunity to you.

Be your best,

PJ 

Helen December 19, 2012 at 8:29 am

Thanks PJ for this message. God richly bless you. I’ll be grateful if you could share any resources that help in a deeper understanding of God.

Yours,
Helen from Ghana

Beverly Schlag December 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Thank you for sharing this with us PJ. I was raised Catholic and never really felt like I knew God. I just knew I needed to go to church every week and listen to the priest. Once I got out on my own I decided I didn’t want to be a part of that community, but in the last couple years I have started to look again. I have started to read the bible and pray. I can always use more help to connect with God.

PJ McClure December 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Hi Beverly! I’m so happy to hear that you are seeking Him. There is a reply to Elise, below, that starts the resource conversation. I’d love to have your comments or requests following that and my team and I will do all we can to make it happen.

Esta December 18, 2012 at 9:26 am

God bless you PJ for having the courage to share Jesus in the that hates Him. It is people like you who are not ashamed of the gospel that we need in the marketplace.

BrianMuhleisen December 18, 2012 at 3:05 am

Gutsy post PJ. Kinda sounds like something I read once ..’for I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God leading to salvation”. Keep shing the light in the darkness !

PJ McClure December 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I think I’ve heard that somewhere too Brian… ;)

Wes December 18, 2012 at 12:30 am

Hey PJ;
Appropriate post for Christmas, after many years of search and study I have become a Theosophic Christian Nihilist. Great day blessings…Wes

Beth December 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Thank you for your obedience & your boldness. You are a blessing!

Lea December 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I want to put aside the hurts from the misrepresentation of Christ and come back to God despite the pains and hopefully find the love and comfort that only He can give. I’ve lost touch with those I’ve met since knowing God. Those who are superficial to me and who I felt only want to know me at arms length and not be part of my life. Those are the distance Christians who only pretends to be so kind and friendly but when it comes down to it, they are as distance as the furthest place. I’ve also met some who acted superior because of their faith and I’m on a lower rung than them so I don’t deserve their friendship. This has been a hard walk with God– meeting the people along the way whom I needed support and friendship but only got disappointments. I understand that we are all faulty imperfect humans and the only true friend is Jesus. Still I hope to find a strong social support with authentic Christians.

PJ McClure December 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Hi Lea. God is strong enough to bring us back, no matter what we’ve been through. The key is our willingness to go back.

Something else I think has been misrepresented is that a walk with God will be easy. As you know, it can be hard because other people are involved. Still yet, the closer we get to God, the more we understand how valuable every person is. I’ve begun a bit of resource reply to Elise below and I invite you to start there and then let me know your thoughts about what you would like to see.

Thanks for being you.

Frank Sole December 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm

PJ
This was an incredible way to start my day by reading this email. Each day my focus is to put the love of Christ first in my business, relationships and to all I come in contact with. Thank you for your open and honest communication to the world.

Karin Peavy December 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm

PJ, how refreshing and powerful it is to share the love of God through business!

Tara Wilding - Herndon December 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm

AMEN PJ! Excellent post! I really appreciate the boldness God has given you to share His love so clearly! And your obedience!

Atilio J. Gonzalez December 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm

For several years I was struggling with the concept of a more Christian capitalism and I had found several examples within the Roman Catholic Church (such as Chiara Lubich and her movement). Now it is my turn to do something. I start to study the concept of B Corporations as a form to apply Roman Catholic Social Doctrine in a practical way.
But a the same time I am feeling insecure to do that. Now your pitch arrive and hit the target.
I am not saying I am no longer insecure, but I feel more comfortable to talk about that, and your words have helped me.
God Bless you PJ
Atilio

Marla December 17, 2012 at 9:17 am

Thank you PJ, I am wanting to find my way closer to God and would love to know the resources you use.

PJ McClure December 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Hi Marla. I began a resource reply just below to Elise. Please have a look there and let me know your thoughts or questions from there. I’m excited to help with this!

Elise December 17, 2012 at 7:12 am

Hi PJ,

Thank you so much for your willingness to put yourself and your faith in Christ out there. Even more people at least need to have the chance to experience this kind of hope. I’d love to hear more about what helps you in your own walk with God. Thanks so much.

PJ McClure December 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Hi Elise! The response to this post has been enough that I am going to start an entire page dedicated to it where we can get into specifics of what is needed. Not sure how that will look yet, but in the meantime I’ll start from the top. Obviously, the first resource is the Bible. Finding a translation you can understand is important. If someone is unfamiliar with Christianity or never read in the Bible, I recommend starting with the Gospel of John.

There is a reference book I use a lot called, Where to find it in the Bible, by Ken Anderson. It doesn’t provide a reference for every subject, but it is pretty darn close. I use it all the time to help me find places in scripture to study that may apply to what I’m studying or facing.

I’m also a completely obsessed preaching nerd. I listen to numerous podcasts and watch sermons all week. Some Sundays, I’ll get up at my normal time and watch a sermon or two before going to church. Seriously, I’m ate up. Some of the people I listen to and respect are Steven Furtick (Elevationchurch.org), Kris Vallotton (KVministries.com), Bill Johnson (ibethel.org), Robert Morris (gatewaypeople.org), Craig Groeschel (lifechurch.tv)… there are more, but this is the group I go to consistently.

Here’s the important thing. People disagree all the time with pastors, especially if they are out there doing big things. I am not telling anyone to take everything I or anyone else says as the last word. The big reason I enjoy this group is that they are not afraid to challenge the way I think or traditionally held views of the church. They all preach out of the Word (Bible for those that don’t know what I mean by that) and don’t sugarcoat anything. When they deliver a message, I take down the scripture references and go study it for myself to see what God reveals to me. I sometimes get a different perspective than they delivered and am very excited when I do.

There is a lot to be said for how we study scripture and how God reveals Himself to us in those times, but that is for a deeper time. :)

I’m sure I will share books and my reviews of them, who they could be for, and where to get them.

If you have any requests or observations about how to structure the resources page, my team and I are happy to hear. Hope this is helpful.

Rev. J. D. Jensen December 17, 2012 at 4:53 am

Alright!! Good for you, PJ…loved what you wrote (so true about those who would want Christ but not His church).

May the Lord bless you abundantly!

J. D. Jensen
Vienna, Austria

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