Friday, October 28, 2011

Pay it forward!

I Corinthians 1:18-19

     I know very well how foolish the message of the cross sounds to those who are on the road to destruction. But we who are being saved recognize this message as the very power of God. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy human wisdom and discard their most brilliant ideas.”

     God’s plan of salvation, often times, sounds crazy to those who don’t truly understand it or are in a place where they aren’t ready to receive it. A man claiming to be God’s Son, came to earth, died on a cross, came back to life on the third day, ascended to Heaven, and not only must we believe that all that took place, but we must also lay down our own lives and desires so that we can have eternal life with him forever.

     When you put it into words, on paper, it does seem a little crazy. But God’s ways are much higher than our ways and experiencing the wonderment of his salvation puts senseless, meaningless words to rest. No amount of philosophical thinking and logic will ever make sense of God’s plan of salvation. It’s only when we believe by faith and step through the realm of logic that we can understand, accept and experience God’s gift for ourselves.

      That’s why it’s so important to realize that as we share the Good News of salvation with others, we must also wrap those words in prayer as we’re offering them. Simple words will never make sense to those who are lost, unless undergirded in prayer so that God will help them to understand his truth. We, who are saved, have the key to eternal life and everlasting freedom; we have a responsibility to share that truth with others. But it will simply fall on fallow ground unless we first ask God to prepare the fertile ground of another’s heart to be able to receive and understand. Someone prayed for you and I before our salvation, let’s take the time to pass it forward for someone else.

     Have you ever taken the time to simply sit and reflect on the miracle power of God’s salvation? Are you fearful and shy about telling others? Take some time today to pick one person who needs to hear about the Good News. Cover that person in prayer, asking God to make them receptive to his Word. Then ask God to provide the opportunity for you to share the salvation message with them and be bold and courageous enough to follow through.

Have a great day!

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