Thursday, May 4, 2017
Key Bible Verse: When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:36)
Dig Deeper: Matthew 9:35-38
People can tell if you really care about them. A child knows it; even a dog can tell! So I begin with this question: Do you care about people who do not know the Lord? Far too often we see them as the enemy when, in fact, they are under the control and influence of the real enemy, Satan.
Speaking of nonbelievers, Scripture says we are to be patient in our dealings with them. “Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants” (2 Timothy 2:26). Have you ever looked around at our culture today, seeing so many trapped by sin, and just gotten angry? Not at the people, but at the one who is doing this to them?
Effective sharing of one’s faith starts with a God-given concern for the person you are speaking with. Would you be willing to “lose your dignity” for a moment and engage someone with the gospel message? Would you be willing to leave your “comfort zone” and take a little step of faith? Would you be honest enough to say that perhaps you don’t care as much as you should about people who do not yet know the Lord?
– Greg Laurie in Tell Someone
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