“… so we feared greatly for our lives because of you and did this thing.” – Joshua 9:24
What was the “thing” the Gibeonites did? They lied, and they took an enormous risk. They risked being wiped out by the Israelites, and they certainly raised the ire of the other Canaanite kingdoms. Their decision surely wasn’t an easy one. After all, the Israelites were in the land to destroy them. The Gibeonites devised a bold move. It was a gamble, and they took it.
When you share the good news of Jesus Christ, you may meet people like this. These are people who hear about Jesus and don’t want to let it go. They keep coming back to hear more. You can’t keep them away. They would crawl over broken glass to hear still more. These are the ones who have been born again.
The good news of Jesus Christ oftentimes is met with ambivalence. If you get this response, move on. And wait. If the seed you planted is growing – and the first growth often is invisible – the ambivalence will break out into an insatiable hunger for eternal life. “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already” (John 3:18).
True believers will respond to the gospel with a passion for life that matches that of the Gibeonites. You’ll know it when you see it.