I don’t understand.
We recently had a water leak requiring us to shut off the water. My husband (again) showed me how, and explained the four different shut-off levers and how the system worked. I did not grasp all this! He ended up writing on the wall with an arrow: “Shut Off.”
I’m sure I could learn it, if I spent the time and mental energy. But mechanical issues are not “natural” for me.
God’s word tells us that spiritual things are appraised only by those who are spiritual. Those who are not spiritual cannot understand.
They cannot understand even if they work at it.
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. (1 Corinthians 2:14–15)
We all know folks who don’t believe. Do they know the truth but have rejected Christ? Have they not heard the gospel? Are they unable to understand?
What to do. What to do.
Pray that God will open their eyes, hearts, and minds.
The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
Closely follow the Lord. Your life is a witness.
Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. (Philippians 1:27)
By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:35)
Be ready to explain
Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. (1 Peter 3:15)
Be Christ’s witness
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19–20)
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those whobring good news of good things!” (Romans 10:14–15)
Father, we want to obey Your Son in telling the world about Him. Please help us understand what to say to whom and when. Please give us gentle boldness in our witness. I especially pray that you open ears, hearts, and minds in [names].