10/22/2012 8:46:12 PM
Whoever Hears My Word and Believes
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” John 5:24
Our church recently made Sunday school invitations. They show a couple of cartoon kids on them, and list information regarding the class time and church address. They also list some of the activities the children will carry out in Sunday school, such as coloring and seeing Bible stories played out with puppets.
Since I have three kids ages five and under, I grabbed a bunch of these invitations and started to hand them out to friends.
Recently, as I walked my oldest daughter home from kindergarten, we started chatting about a friend she had played with in school that day. After commenting on a conversation they had shared, my daughter turned thoughtful and then looked at me. “I don’t think she goes to church, Mom,” she said. “Do you have another one of those invitations we could give her?”
Telling our friends about Jesus and inviting them to church is perhaps the most important thing we can do for those in our life. Yet it can be easy to simply nod along with an unchurched friend as she relates her troubles. It can be more convenient to stay quiet and not use the opportunity to mention how Jesus can help all of us – even those with immense troubles.
Jesus has, in fact, already relieved us of our greatest trouble -- sin. His death on the cross, and resurrection into heaven seals our salvation. He gives us the tools, and promises to be with us, as we share this saving knowledge with others. He assures us, “Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life.”
Just as my daughter saw her friend’s greatest need and wanted to help her with it, God uses passages like the one above to motivate us to tell our dear ones about his love. Think about it: whoever hears God’s word and believes will be saved. That applies to anyone in our life, whether they be acquaintances or best friends, who don’t know what Jesus has done for them. Through his aid, we can invite others to church and help open the doors of the Gospel for them, so they too might share eternity with Jesus.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, help me to tell more of my friends about you. Forgive me for not always sharing the message of you with others in my life. Motivate me and use me as your instrument to bring more into your kingdom. In your name I pray, Amen.
Missionary wife in Mexico