Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Luke 2:16 – 18 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Here’s a short story to help you focus your life on what’s really important as you start this new year.
At the age of five, a certain young boy named John had committed a terrible offense against his brother. The shame he felt for what he had done weighed heavily on his heart. He had to talk to someone. His mother told him the story of Jesus and forgiveness. The boy repented of his sin and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior.
The next spring the family moved into a new house across town. John was sitting on the back steps of the house with a coloring book and crayons when the boy who lived across the alley came wandering into the yard. His name was Dennis. He was invited to sit down and color, and a friendship began. A few days passed, and John was burdened for his new friend. He had heard him use some bad words while they were playing together, and he wondered if Dennis had ever heard about Jesus. He determined to tell him the next time they were together.
The time came the next day when Dennis came over to color again. John asked Dennis if he knew what sin was, and proceeded to tell him how Jesus had come to the earth to die for our sins so that we could be forgiven. Dennis admitted he was a sinner and was worried about it, so John prayed with him to ask Jesus for forgiveness and Dennis received Jesus as his Savior.
Dennis moved away a few years later, and John has never heard from him again. Not many eight-year old boys stay in touch after moving away. But John prays for Dennis to this day and hopes that he is still thrilled with the forgiveness God provided through His Son Jesus.
That was over 59 years ago, and it was my first time ever witnessing to anyone else about Jesus. I was so thrilled that God would send Jesus to bring me forgiveness that I had to tell someone – especially someone I liked.
The shepherds were thrilled with what they had been told about Jesus. Immediately after meeting Him they went and told everyone they could the good news, and the people who heard their story were amazed. I want you to think about three things:
- Are you still thrilled with the forgiveness of your sins?
- Are you so thrilled that you must tell others who haven’t heard about it yet, especially those you like? Have you thought about their suffering in sin and how they can be forgiven if only they knew the story?
- Do you understand that they will be amazed at the story when they hear it?
What are you waiting for? What are you afraid of? Start telling the story! This is someone’s year of salvation.