It All Makes Sense Now
Posted: Monday, October 24
2 Timothy 2:22-3:17
Verse of the day:
Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants. 2 Timothy 2:25-26 (NLT)
On a Sunday morning at a church service in a school gym, I raised my hand and accepted Jesus as my personal savior.
The message of Christ’s sacrifice for my sins made sense for the first time. I understood what Jesus did for me that no one else can do. He paid the price for my sins.
Some people make a decision to follow Christ the first time they set foot in a church, hear the gospel message in a broadcast or talk with a believing friend about faith.
Many others are around church for weeks, months or even years before they decide to turn from their old life and proclaim that Jesus is their Lord and Savior. This would be my story. I grew up going to a great church and participating in Sunday school. Yet, my personal decision to follow Christ did not occur until after college when I felt drawn back to church.
Paul encourages us to “gently instruct” those who are not following Jesus. It is our hope that “they will come to their senses and escape the devil’s trap” 2 Timothy 2:25-26 NLT).
Let’s remember that there are barriers between a life apart from God and complete surrender. Allow the Holy Spirit to work through our humility to empower others to overcome what separates them from their loving Heavenly Father.
May we be gentle when we have an opportunity to share the hope we have in Christ, praying that the message will make sense and they will understand.