the end of the story

Ever get so engrossed in a book you don’t want it to end?

How about this: as you approach the end, do you begin to slow down and not read it all at once?

This was the case for me as I had just about 35 pages left which was the epilogue, afterword, a wife’s reflections, and remembering Nabeel for the book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi.

I savored these last sections reading only one per day after devouring the 10 before and the expert contributions found at the back of the book.

If you are unfamiliar with Nabeel or his story, this book is about his 4 year plus journey in the biggest, decisive decision of his life – namely rejecting Islam and receiving Christ.

Yet, regardless of your culture, background, or faith story, we all can relate to the inner turmoil we have without surrendering and accepting the free gift of salvation which opens our hearts and souls to true peace.

We can learn much more from Nabeel’s faith walk and I highly recommend you read his whole autobiography for yourself or one of his other NY best seller books.

He was such a great example of loving others right where they are at. Good way to live and love.

He reflected the glory of the Lord and challenges us to do the same.

He had a hunger and thirst for God for wisdom and instruction. We should be desiring that as well.

Nabeel loved God with his whole heart, soul, mind, and strength as we see Jesus telling us to do so in Mark 12.30: “And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”” Mark 12:30-31 NLT

And that truly should be the end of the story! We should live our lives so wrapped up in desiring to be a light that others are drawn to the Lord as we allow Him to shine brightly through us and love our neighbours.

Nabeel never wavered in his love for God, he prioritized God above all else, and he completely understood the cost of following Jesus and followed him regardless.

It challenged me to want to do more. Everyone we encounter that does not know Christ is in need of the grace and forgiveness only available through Him. He is the way, the truth, and the life. No man can come to the Father except through faith in Christ.

Learning more of Nabeel’s story brought a richer understanding to the passage: “And everyone who has left houses, brothers or sisters, father or mother, children, or fields because of My name will receive 100 times more and will inherit eternal life.” Matthew 19:29 HCSB

“…people are going to remember how much we loved them and nothing else…” may we all be “…a bright reflection of His light and love to people all around us.”*

Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.” 2 Corinthians 3.17-18 NLT

May we be image bearers of Christ’s love.

May we be so much like God our lives glow bright shining His glory.

Be a light.

Be a witness.

be.the.church.

If you are a seeker of the truth and have yet to decide if you will follow The Man called Jesus, do as Mr. Qureshi did and investigate as so many have done before like self proclaimed atheists Josh McDowell who was one of the expert contributors in the appendix of the book.

Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love Me. And because they love Me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal Myself to each of them.” John‬ ‭14:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

*Mark Mittelberg was a friend and mentor to Nabeel. Most of the above was inspired by his remarks in the afterword of the book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. I highly recommend you get a copy and devour it like I did.

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