Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 62:1 – Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation. (NKJV)
My seven-year-old great-granddaughter touched me deeply during our last phone conversation. She excitedly told me about her love for mathematics. When I turned to the subject of what she was reading, her voice became even more animated when she said, "I love to read. My Bible is the best book I read. I love the story about creation and the story about the man who built the big boat to put the animals in." Then she told me, "I put my Bible under my pillow every night and read when the others are asleep. It makes me feel good because Jesus loves me."
She added, "I love my Bible. I got a unicorn book cover for it, and I take it to school in my backpack. Then, I read it when I finish my work. Sometimes, I read it at recess, and my friends look at the pictures. God is great to make our world and all the animals, isn't He?"
Off to school she goes with her Bible in her backpack and Jesus near her heart.
All of this experience for her is from God. My little one does not have parents who support her love for God, although I have permission to teach her my love for Him. Her grandfather knows Bible history and is supportive, and I believe that God knows this child's heart. When she visited my husband and me recently, we introduced her to the concept of the three-in-one of God and explained as simply as we could about God's spiritual family.
From the time that she was a toddler, members of our family have taught her about the importance of God's love. She loved the creation story, and when she could barely reach the light switch, she would strain to push it, smile a wide smile, and say as she flipped the switch, "Let there be light."
When I presented her with a poster that I'd made of Jesus, the heavens, and a mansion in the sky, she pointed to Jesus and said, "He my daddy."
I pray that she will be saved, that she will continue to read the Bible stories, that my husband and I will be able to help her understand the spiritual component of a new life in Christ, and that her grandpa will continue to support her.
We are presented with opportunities each day to share Jesus with people. We never know what fruit will come from each encounter, and yet, we continue to share Christ and trust God for the outcome. We can trust that God knows who will come to Him. Because of our faith, we are obedient to plant seeds of faith in others and water them in this way. It is God working through us, but the power to bring someone to Christ belongs solely to Him.
Let's keep our eyes and hearts open to opportunities to share Jesus with others.
Prayer: Dear Father, guide us toward sensitive, teachable moments to share Your Son with others. We don't want to miss a time to share Jesus, for their sake and for Your glory. Amen.