In my last post, which was derived from my piece for our church newsletter, I encouraged people to think of one friend or family member they know who is not a Christian and to pray for that person daily in the month of May. I suggested two different parts to those prayers, which were:
1) Pray that God might soften their heart and prepare them to receive the good news of Jesus as their Savior and Lord.
2) Pray that you might be sensitive to an opportunity to serve God in working to reach that person. This could happen in any number of ways, such as being willing to pray for them over a situation in their life, or inviting them to come to church with you, or perhaps even directly sharing the Gospel with them.
There is a road leading east of town I run on several times a week. In doing so I go past a ranch, where there are some cattle, horses and goats. We live in a part of the country where there are predators, including coyotes and mountain lions. I've never seen a lion in the wild but early one morning I did see a dead deer in the area of that ranch that had recently been fed on by a large animal.
At that ranch the horses and cattle are generally out all night, year-round. But the goats are brought in to a fenced area near the barn and house every night. The goats may or may not know the dangers around them, but the rancher knows, and in they come, each night. For the safety of his herd there are no other options.
The refuge found in the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is so much like what I see with the goats that even Jesus speaks of it in similar terms, saying this in John 10:7,
"So Jesus again said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.""
The hazards of the world, both the visible and the invisible, are very real. The damage that can result from some of them is eternal. Jesus never promises that we will go through life problem-free, but He does offer the only place of safety from the very worst of hazards, which is spending eternity apart from Him.
When it comes to a person's eternal destiny, the only place is through Jesus. There are no other options.
As you continue to pray this month for your non-believing friends may they come to find in Jesus the way, the only way, to everlasting safety, peace and joy.
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.