Zondervan Publishers recently released a video of Jase Robertson leading a devotional on faith as a part of the family's upcoming church curriculum release, "Faith Commander."
"What is faith?" Jase asks - "The Bible says faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see."
Jase Robertson put his faith in Jesus Christ when he was 14 years old. He had seen the way that coming to know Christ had changed his parents' lives, and he also had begun to notice God's beautiful design in nature when he was hunting out in the woods as a young man.
The message of the Gospel changed his life - "Here comes Jesus, down to the earth - God in human form. He lives a perfect life, He dies on the cross for the sins of the world, He's buried, and then resurrected, proving that He triumphs over death. He then goes to the right hand of God, where He mediates for those who have put their faith and trust in Him," Jase says. He was captivated by the Gospel - "I responded, I surrendered ... my faith and trust have been in Him ever since," says Jase.
He was a pretty shy young man, enjoying spending time alone hunting and fishing in the woods. Once he put his faith in Christ, however, he knew something had to change - "I realized that this is not something that I was going to be able to be silent about," he says.
One evening after Jase was praying for more boldness to share his faith with others, he received a phone call. It was likely a prank caller, who didn't say anything when Jase picked up. The young man was about to hang up, but then decided to use that opportunity to share his faith with whoever was on the other line. He proceeded to share the Gospel, and afterward lead the caller in Bible study for three hours. The caller never said a word, though he could hear her putting down the phone and rustling through pages of what he hoped was the Bible. He told the silent caller to call back again the next night, and she did. He again lead her in Bible study for three hours, and the caller suddenly cried out with emotion and hung up the phone.
Jase never heard from her again, but God used that experience to encourage him in his faith and to fire him up for sharing the Good News of Christ with others. "What else could I have shared that a person would have sat there and listened to for six hours? It's real. Everyone is in need of forgiveness, and everyone would love the opportunity to live forever. And Christ provides that," he says.
The young man made a list of family and friends who did not know Christ, and was determined to share the Gospel with them. "I then realized that God uses flawed individuals to make His Son known," he says. Jase believes that faith in action is sharing the Good News of Christ with others - "What I share is Christ's story, because that's what changed my life, and that's what can change the world's," he says.
Jase then shared the parable of the sower in Matthew chapter 13, explaining that each soil represents the heart of someone who hears the Gospel - some fall away because of the cares of the world or because of persecution which comes along with following the Lord. The fourth soil, he says, is the heart which puts its trust in Jesus Christ for salvation and then produces a crop. "That's the heart that realizes that God uses you to make Christ known ... [His Gospel is] powerful, and it draws people to God through the message of His Son," he says.
Like many in the Robertson family, Jase is passionate about evangelism. "That's the fiery faith - the ridiculous faith," he says with enthusiasm - "All you have to do is vocalize it, and live it in your life. If He can use me, He can use anybody."
The "Faith Commander" curriculum kit, which includes curriculum books, a teaching DVD, and teen edition resources will be available on May 6.