I recently had the privilege of meeting a new co-worker who has just left the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have had conversations that have given me insight and knowledge about her religious background. Now, as I try to witness to her and talk through many issues with her, I found the lesson this week to be a great guide in how to direct our conversations.
First, I had to find out if she was even interested in learning more about Christianity. She had called herself a Christian her whole religious life, but was heavily entangled in the rules of the Mormon religion. She has described it as being in a cloud and not being able to see clearly. She is definitely interested in seeing clearly now! In our scripture passage, Jesus used a statement about being born again (John 3:3) to prompt a response of interest or disinterest from Nicodemus.
Second, I needed to do my best to find out what questions my co-worker had about what it means to be saved. Nicodemus demonstrated his interest in knowing more by asking questions that led to Jesus’ description of what it means to be born again. Thankfully, my co-worker has indicated to me that she really is interested in finding out more about a relationship with Jesus. She is open to visiting churches and asks me very direct questions about my faith.
Third, I have tried to determine what truth my co-worker did understand and what beliefs were still very confused. Jesus knew all about religious leaders who did not understand the truth, and challenged Nicodemus for not knowing it. Jesus clearly explained to Nicodemus that “whoever believes in him may have eternal life” (John 3:15).
Fourth, I hope to have the opportunity soon to determine if she is ready to believe in the simple truth of the gospel.
Once, she fully understands the truth, then she will be able to answer the question of whether or not she will believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and her Savior. Oh what a glorious day that will be!