Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
Thought for the Day: How are we working to bring others to Christ?
Over the past day, I have read about two people who did not experience formal religion as children. Both of these people, one Jewish and one Christian, grew up in homes where one or both of the parents did not go to church. Later in life, both of these people became strong in their faith and became leaders. The Jew had one parent who was Jewish and one who was not. He said that watching his father when he was a child gave him memories of the Jewish faith and when he had his own children, he wanted them to have the faith of his father. The Christian had parents who did not go to church at all, but she heard her mother singing hymns from her childhood as she did things around the house. Because of the words her mother sang, she began wanting to know God in the way her mother sang about. These stories touched me in strong way and as I reflected on my life and the life of my children. I was fortunate to grow up in a pastor’s home where we talked about God a lot and from an early age, I knew Jesus as my Lord and Savior. What do my children see when they observe me on a daily basis? Do they see me reading and writing about God and my experiences? I hope so. Do they see the exuberance of love in their dad when they see him lead music? I know so. Do they share with us a time of prayer for each other and for the gifts we have received from God? Definitely.
God calls us to lead others to Him. That is our job and our responsibility. What will I do today to let people see Christ in me? What will I do to show His love? Where is God in Your life?
Prayer: God, thank you for parents who show Your love to their children. Help us show your love to those who do not have memories of parents showing Your love to them. Help us “Bring them to Christ.” Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE LEARNING ABOUT GOD’S LOVE