|Admit it, he's smarter than you.|
Have you ever heard the phrase, "No one was ever converted with an argument"? I know I wasn't. You could have reasoned, screamed, or bribed me, and I would have tossed Christianity aside out of sheer habit. Don't get me wrong here, there were seeds planted all around me, but no one incident or person converted me.
Well, other than Christ.
Just know it wasn't any one human person.
Well, again, other than Christ, who is an exceptional person with that dual nature of His.
Gah! I am so not cut out for this kind of stuff. You know what, how about we assume that in any given conversion, the cause of it wasn't you, and it won't be you because it's always Him?
Don't take me wrong here. Even Thomas Aquinas realized his vast knowledge didn't even scratch the surface of Truth. After his glimpse of Heaven, he was ready to trash The Summa as woefully inadequate. So even the best apologists among us is merely "budding." Take care that you don't let your pride trick you into thinking that if you just keep at a person, they'll convert. Sure, take the opportunities as they arise, but your best efforts will be when you aren't even aware of them. Let your life feed your compassion for others, both your joys and your sorrows; let your understanding that you live for Someone else shine like a beacon from your every action and God will do His work through you. That's tougher than it sounds, but that's God's way. If you go your way, you get in the way. Don't make Him have to work around you.
All I'm saying is be humble. Listen. Pray. Be careful. That's a delicate seedling there, that slow conversion of a soul.
P.S. But just in case we're all wrong about the whole "You can't earn your way to Heaven" thing, would you please comment below if this blog has converted you? I'm feeling the need for extra credit.