In my own life the “evidence” I saw was the light in the other youths in my youth group. We moved at least every other year. To get us plugged in to our new community we visited churches until we found one with a great children’s and youth program for us kids. When I was a freshman in High School, I realized that several of the kids in the youth group had “something” I did not have. In jr. high I had gone through confirmation class and been confirmed. I had grown up in the church. I even understood the concept of being born again. But what they had was different than what I had…and I wanted it…and I knew who could provide it. My prayer was, “whatever it is that they have, I want it Lord.” There had been a lifetime of seeds up to that moment, but it was where my salvation went from germination to taking root. So when they say that you may be the only Gospel that someone else reads, there is a great deal of truth to that.
I’ve shared this before, but my greatest Bible teacher said it takes two things in a person’s life to bring them to a decision for Christ. First, the recognition that they need a savior. Second, that that savior is Jesus. It requires both of those things. There are people who know they need a savior, but look for it in other people, drugs, lifestyle, exercise, etc. There are also people who know Jesus is the savior–they just never recognize that they need a savior. Many sit in pews every Sunday of their lives never seeing that critical application in their own life, worshipping a distant God rather than knowing a personal savior.
So for me, one of my questions is how do we connect with that part of a person that recognizes they need a savior? Where in their life are they willing to admit that being their own God is just not working? If we can get them to recognize the hole in their life, that unresolved and unsolvable place, then maybe we can successfully point them to Jesus. Or at least plant a seed for a later encounter to germinate.