Can you think back to the time when the Gospel message first connected in your mind and heart? Do you remember the joy you felt in responding to Christ’s love? Was there a specific trigger that really connected the message of salvation for you? Maybe a gift from a helpful hand during a life crisis, maybe a song or story you heard, a piece of art, maybe a Gospel tract, a discovery Bible study or an evangelistic event?
Each one of us connects to the one unchanging Gospel message in a unique way. For me it was a piece of art hanging in a summer camp chapel depicting Jesus as a shepherd, leaving the 99 sheep and reaching down the side of a cliff to rescue the one that got lost. It was that word picture that helped me understand my need for a Saviour.
Remember today that God wants to use your life to seek out and save the lost. Why not pray now and ask Him what resource you could use that would best connect the Gospel message with the mind and heart of your unbelieving friend.
Maybe its the testimony of some else who has encountered the power of Jesus like in John 4:39, “Many Samaritans in the town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony…” Last week in Quebec, Canada, a woman named Jocelyn started a discovery Bible study with her son who is himself a new believer. Together, in a city where there is no Bible teaching church, they are exploring “Who Is Jesus” a free resource by NewLifeDiscipleship.com.
Jocelyn said, “40 years ago I remember praying and asking God to help me understand who is Jesus.” Now, after hearing the testimony in a movie of the power of the name of Jesus when praying for healing, her son is guiding the way with the help of an evangelistic Bible study tool.
“…If you had a hundred sheep and one of them strayed away and was lost in the wilderness, wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine others to go and search for the lost one until you found it?” Luke 15:4 TLB