Thursday, July 5, 2012
I got this from ourdailybread.org, and I thought it was awesome! So I wanted to share it with you :)
James was diagnosed with heart problems, and his wife, Becky, was no longer able to care for him or herself very well. They started looking for an assisted living home. One of Becky’s first questions as she visited each home was, “Do you puree your food?” She was concerned that James have the kind of food he needed for his swallowing difficulty. Several places answered “no,” so she kept searching. Finally she heard “yes” at a Christian assisted living home.
Even though they weren’t believers in Jesus and had often argued with a Christian neighbor about Him, James and Becky chose the Christian home because of the pureed food. They began attending chapel services, heard the gospel, and felt well cared for by the workers there. One day James surrendered his life to Christ. He believes that God was pursuing him (John 6:44), and He used pureed food to bring them to the Christian home where he received the care of God’s people and heard of Christ’s forgiveness.
Conversion is a work of God; in love He draws people to Himself. He uses circumstances, His Word, people, and even pureed food to pursue hearts. Be encouraged in your witness for Him. He will use your words and deeds in His pursuit of those who need Christ.
God is always working! He relentlessly pursues the lost (Luke 19:10). He cares about us. It's His will that no one should perish (2 Peter 3:9) (John 6:40). It breaks His heart when people reject His grace. God can lead people to Christ through us! We can not only spread the gospel by telling people the good news, but also by being a good example of a Christ follower (1 Timothy 4:12). Pray the prayer of "use me" instead of "give me." God will answer.