Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 8:22-30, Matthew 16:13-20, Luke 9:18-20, Mark 8:31-9:1, Matthew 16:21-28, Luke 9:21-27, Mark 9:2-13, Matthew 17:1-13, Luke 9:28-36
I want everyone I love and care about to be a part of the Family of God! I want them to have the free gift of eternal life!
Do you have family members, friends, or co-workers who don’t know Jesus Christ as their Savior? I know I do. I was having a conversation this past week-end with some of our family. We were discussing our great desire for our all our family, friends and loved ones to “know Him.”
We were wondering
What we could say…
What we could do…
To help them to know Christ;
…maybe we could give them a DVD, a song, or a book.
Or maybe getting someone to talk with them,
yea, maybe that’ll work!
After reading today’s scriptures it seems we should spend more time praying and asking God to reveal Himself to our loved ones in the method He thinks is best, and less time fretting, scheming and plotting to “get them saved.”
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”
Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. –Matthew 16:13-17 (emphasis mine)
The apostle John also reminded us how we come to Jesus:
For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up. –John 6:44 (emphasis mine)
Less than twelve hours after that family conversation, God confirmed His Word by allowing us to witness a divinely orchestrated “God moment” in the lives of the very family members we were discussing. Did they accept Jesus as their Savior? I don’t know, we didn’t see any visible signs of interest. But after what we saw, we KNOW God is working in their lives!
I’m still in awe of the way our God moved in this situation.
Let’s make a pact to pray more, worry less, and believe God to draw our loved ones to Himself. Let’s take the God point of view rather than the human point of view.
Jesus turned around and looked at his disciples, then reprimanded Peter. “Get away from me, Satan!” he said. “You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.” –Mark 8:33 (emphasis mine)
Heavenly Father, we want our family, friends, co-workers, and the whole world to know You. Help us to continually pray for their salvation and then expect You to orchestrate it! We ask You to work in their lives so that they will come to accept You as their Savior.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen.
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 9:14-29, Matthew 17:14-21, Luke 9:37-43a, Mark 9:30-32, Matthew 17:22-23, Luke 9:43b-45, Matthew 17:24-27, Mark 9:33-37, Matthew 18:1-6, Luke 9:46-48, Mark 9:38-41, Luke 9:49-50, Mark 9:42-50, Matthew 18:7-35