Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "This Is My Father's World"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 31:24 – Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord. (NRSV)
Romans 10:15b – How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news! (NRSV)
Since the new year, I have renewed an old habit of distributing gospel of Christ tracts with the title, Four Things God Wants You to Know.
My daily walks around the block also mean opportunities to talk to people passing by, handing them the tract, and exchanging a few words.
This morning on my routine route, I heard loud singing behind me. I braced myself to meet a drug addict or someone mentally challenged. I looked back and saw a "normal" young man singing away. I handed him a tract, and to my surprise, he said, "Thank you!" In no time, we walked a little distance side by side. He told me that he attends church. I would not have guessed. We shook hands departing, and his words, "God bless you!" rang joyfully to my ears. God sent this young man to meet me and show me that there are those who live their salvation in word.
I had a song of my own in my heart after meeting yet another believer in Jesus. A little later, I was in a line to get a cup of coffee, and in no time talking to a woman next to me. After listening to me talk about Jesus returning, she said that her sister is like me, that the two of us would have much to talk about. She herself is not into the Bible that way. Those around us heard us, and I pray that something stirred in their hearts to ask, "How am I doing in these things?"
I walked home with springs on my heels, as if ready to take off to new heights spiritually and physically.
Hundreds of copies of Four Things God Wants You to Know have left my hands over the years. One lady told me that that is how she found Jesus. A gospel tract was on the ground, and she picked it up in a drunken stupor. At the end of the day, someone gave her a Bible, and the rest is history. Today, she witnesses to street people of God's goodness, mercy, and love.
The Lord works in mysterious ways. Jesus is not returning till more are found, till many more are saved, till more witnesses walk the walk and talk the talk.
My son had bought me warm winter boots, not expecting me to walk quite this way with them. Whatever he had on his mind, I smile, "These boots were made for walking the walk of a messenger from God."
Prayer: Lord God, thank You for all who sing the song of praise and thanksgiving for all to hear! Bless those we meet today, and grant us opportunities to share Jesus and bring salvation in Your mysterious ways to many more, with new steps of faith and strength for the days ahead. Thank You for our meeting other believers in You in our daily life. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen!