Good morning all-
Well I stumbled on a passage today that made me really think. It's amazing how you begin to read anywhere in the Bible and out of the blue a light bulb goes off and you are amazed once again! I began reading in Luke 19 this morning and once again saw God's great mercy on those that are lost. You know the ones, the ones we don't think will ever find God. Those are the ones He came to save. When we give up, He just begins. I hear it a lot. This person won't ever change, they are too far gone and then after years of prayer, they find the Lord.
We just give up to easy. If we aren't seeing results right away we lose hope. Christ never lost hope for us or the lost. We were once lost and maybe we weren't as lost as some people but we were all lost, sinners, wandering and waiting for something. And when it appeared we were in awe. People chased Jesus, they cried out to Him, they sent their children before Him and they believed if He touched them they would be healed.
There were many that believed and still today many are coming to know Him. We can't give up on prayer and we definitely can't give up on Jesus. I know some of us are more stubborn than others but when Jesus calls, He's persistent, there is not one fickle bone in His body. He knows what all of us don't know, that waiting, watching and saving the lost is His mission. We only like the easy way. If someone comes to Christ after a few months, we feel a great accomplishment. Sometimes it takes years of stepping out on faith, prayer and love. Most people don't walk into God's arms after one bad encounter. We are stubborn by nature and don't really want to believe we are sinners and yet, we are.
Christ didn't come for those that thought they were religious; He came for those that knew they weren't. The disciples learned this and so did the many that came to Him. The Pharisees were angered by the way Christ walked and talked to the people. They were the ones with the knowledge. They forgot that the knowledge of God was His to give and His to proclaim. And so He did to every man, woman and child that needed and wanted a Savior. He still does today and will until the end of time.
I hope this morning finds you well and that you are continuing to pray for the lost. We are to love and by loving we will pray for those that need a Savior. If all He wanted were the perfect religious people, we wouldn't be His. Have a blessed day.
Luke 19:8-10 NKJV:
And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, for so much as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost.
My prayer today:
O, Lord, how mighty and miraculous You are. Before us was a path of destruction and then one day, You came and saved us. You came to earth to fulfill a promise that one day we would be with You. Many are skeptical and seek prophets, mystics and more but the only way to know our future is to cry out to You. You are the keeper of the keys and our names are written in Your book. You see what we can't see, You love who we do not love and You forgive in a manner humans just don't. You see our flaws but You love us anyway. You bring murders, thieves, prostitutes and more to Your kingdom. Why some would ask? Because You are the Lord of light and You came to earth to save us. That's all we need to know today. I pray that You would write the names of the lost on our hearts and that we would become mighty prayer warriors for Your kingdom. I pray that we would not give up on those that don't come to You quickly but we would seek You and pray for their souls. You are mighty and although we try to fit You in our box, You are so much more powerful, full of grace and mercy than we ever could be. Come before us now and heal the nations. In Jesus name, AMEN