I Am Now Following Jesus

Tue August 7, 2018 · Comments

God is moving in the world today in unprecedented ways. Who can stop His work? Can religious extremists or closed geographical borders? Civil war or oppressive regimes? Can peer pressure or intellectual arguments hold Him back?

No. All these forces are powerless when God Almighty decides to move. Consider this story from a place where we'd least expect to see Him move as proof of His working in ways far beyond our wildest dreams.

Tariq entered his friend's home, welcomed by many greetings and the best seat in the house. As a Qazi (a judge of Islamic law), he expected no less. A few dozen men had gathered to watch a film, and now that the Qazi arrived, it could begin.

The film began in silence. Tariq glanced around the room. He wanted to guard their faith well, and he wondered what would come of this experience. Some strangers had come from another village, and Tariq's friend had welcomed them into his home. They had set up this film showing about the life of Isa (Jesus). Tariq wasn't sure he could trust them, but he was curious.

About 15 minutes into the movie, someone appeared on the screen Tariq never expected to see. A figure—a man—moving through the crowd and into the water. Tariq froze when he saw His face. He saw Jesus, and he couldn't look away. He saw His miracles, His sacrifice, and His resurrection.

When one of the strangers turned off the movie, Tariq shot to his feet. Beating his chest, tears gushing from his eyes, Tariq exclaimed, "He is the man I saw in my dreams! He told me, 'Come to me. I am your salvation.' I have been looking for who this is for the last six years, but I never had a chance to hear about Him."

Shaken to his bones, Tariq declared, "I am now following Him."

That night the Qazi's testimony influenced 44 other men to stand up and proclaim they too wanted to follow Jesus.

Has the gospel message shaken you to your bones? Take some time to reflect on Tariq's encounter with a God who pursued him. Read about what it means to truly follow Jesus. Ask God what He would have you do with the message He's given you. Why not take steps of faith, and boldly declare, "I am now following Him." This video in the Jesus Film app can help you share your faith.

Julie Sanders leads Jesus Film Project's Donor Reporting team and is passionate about inspiring others to communicate the gospel effectively. She has a degree in Organizational Communication and teaches public speaking and writing. Julie is from Southern California and enjoys walking in nature, drinking kombucha, and being with her family, which includes her husband of 24 years and their three sons.

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