Luke and The Lost
How many times have opportunities presented themselves in conversations or circumstances to tell Who Jesus is and what He can do and we just kept this secret of salvation to ourselves? I have repented of those lost opportunities. But take courage, friends! God gives us many more times to tell His Story for there are still many lost people who are depressed, confused, and feel no one really loves them. So, don’t fret over who you haven’t told. Be ready for the next person to tell…even today. Pretend you have a juicy piece of gossip if that gets you going, then tell them about the Savior Who wants to be Lord of our lives!
Luke 8, The Message
16-18 “No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a washtub or shoves it under the bed. No, you set it up on a lamp stand so those who enter the room can see their way. We’re not keeping secrets; we’re telling them. We’re not hiding things; we’re bringing everything out into the open. So be careful that you don’t become misers of what you hear. Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes.”
19-20 His mother and brothers showed up but couldn’t get through to him because of the crowd. He was given the message, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside wanting to see you.”
21 He replied, “My mother and brothers are the ones who hear and do God’s Word. Obedience is thicker than blood.”
God wants the story told. Jesus knew His family already knew The Story. He knew he must continue to seek and to find lost people who need God. Obedience to God is more important than family who already know at this point in His mission.
Paul continues the example of Jesus by giving us great advice about telling the good news;
“Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude. Don’t forget to pray for us, that God will open doors for telling the mystery of Christ, even while I’m locked up in this jail. Pray that every time I open my mouth I’ll be able to make Christ plain as day to them.
Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out. (Colossians 4:2-4, The Message)
What do we learn?
–We have the light of life within us. Do tell!
–Once your family finds and follows Jesus, do tell others!
–Pray for opportunities. Then do tell!
–Pray for the words to say. God answers that prayer. Then do tell!
–Pray for gracious boldness. Then do tell.
I overheard a dear lady explain Christ while we were waiting in line at the post office just yesterday! I silently prayed for her as she told this young mom about Christ. She told the Truth in love with all the graciousness one could have. It was awesome to see and hear. It can happen anywhere! So, do tell!
So, do tell…anywhere God provides the opportunity!
Dear Heavenly Father, We pray with diligence this morning, like Paul, that doors to Your Story would open. We pray for open hearts and minds. Then we pray for gracious boldness and the right words, Your Words, at the right time. May our goal today be to bring out the best in others in every conversation.
In Jesus Name, Amen