Bret is a financial analyst for an established brokerage house in Los Angeles. He spends much of his day on the telephone with company representatives, assessing the value of their stocks or bonds. Bret is accustomed to asking questions about market issues; in his business, it’s known as due diligence.” In other words, he’s responsible to his clients to diligently research matters so that he is well informed and can provide professional advice.
About two years ago, Bret began making a spiritual inquiry, calling out to God to reveal His truth. Shortly after, he met several Christians who encouraged him to read the Bible in order to discern God’s plan for the ages. Eventually, one of his Christian friends suggested that since Bret is Jewish, he would do well to call our office. Bret called and told me he had “some questions.”
From our first meeting, I was impressed by Bret’s sincerity, intelligence and focus. He smiled and warned me that he had numerous questions, citing a proverb that his father gave him, “A fool has more questions than a wise man could answer.” I assured him that he is no fool, since the Bible defines a fool as one who says in his heart, “There is no God.” I also pointed out that I’m no “wise man,” but merely a signpost to direct him in the way to truth.
Bret came into the office with about seven issues to talk through. Most of them had to do with “counting the cost” of following Jesus. True to his character and profession, he was going to pursue due diligence in order to do for himself what he would do for any client: fully investigate such a serious investment. I answered as best I could. The truth is, it is not “cheap” or easy to follow Jesus—it often costs us the good opinion of many who are dear to us, and it involves giving our whole selves to God as a living sacrifice. But what He gives back to us is more than we could ever hope or dream.
It was about a month and a half before Bret called wanting another appointment, but he called early, eager to get together that same day. When he arrived, he explained that he still had questions but was convinced of the truth of the gospel and ready to make a decision. Despite his uncertainties, he had enough faith to reach out and trust the Lord, expecting that God would provide answers to the rest of his questions over time. Bret was ready to invest his life in Jesus Christ.
I am thankful that Bret’s Christian friends cared enough for him to tell him about Jesus and encourage him to read the Bible. I appreciate their sensitivity in directing him to us when they sensed his questions might best be answered by Jews who have “been there.” Did you know that many of our most fruitful interactions are with Jewish people referred to us by friends like you? Maybe you have Jewish friends who, like Bret, have questions that we Jews for Jesus can answer. Won’t you give us the opportunity to help them on their way to faith?