This morning, I talked with a friend of mine on the phone who is going through a lot of difficulty. She is in the middle of a storm of life which could equate to a hurricane. It could destroy her, if she will allow it. I hate to see her go through this and unfortunately, some of it is a result of the choices she made. I tried to encourage her and then I offered her the only thing I had to give that mattered…I offered her Jesus. I don’t know if she is going to walk with Him or away from Him. It’s hard to love someone and know in your heart Jesus can “work all things together for good” yet have no control over what they choose. You feel helpless.
Our role as believers is to love others, pray for them and serve them however we can. Salvation is between a person and God. We can save no one. Only Jesus saves. The doorway into heaven is narrow and you enter in single file. As I told my precious friend, a parent cannot repair a broken toy until the child gives it over completely. Jesus is a gentleman. He will not force surrender. It has to be your choice.
We are in a battle, whether we choose to recognize it or not. The devil is here with one game plan: to kill, steal and destroy you. He will use as many tactics as necessary. He plays by no rules. Jesus is here also and He plays for keeps as well. He has come that we may have life and have it abundantly [John 10:10]. There will be casualties.
Your job is to fight the good fight [1 Timothy 6:12] and do as your commanding officer tells you [Romans 5:19]. Jesus told us many times to preach the Good News [Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18, Acts 1:8]. We are to carry one another to Jesus [Mark 2:1-5]. Yet at the end of the day, we are not responsible for another’s salvation. We are only responsible for being obedient to the Master and trusting Him to do the rest.
Would you pray with me for those wounded on the battlefield who need a touch from Jesus?