Blessings and honour to God our King! Glory and power to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour! Praises to Holy Spirit who lives inside our hearts, from the day we give our life to Jesus Christ. Amen!
I was 12 when I gave my life to Jesus and I praise Him for that every day. He saved me from a lying heart that would probably by now have cost my marriage, my friendship and my life. But He came and rescued me. Praise Jesus!
There was a man who persecuted others for they called on the name of Jesus. He was a lost soul, who forcefully met Jesus and it changed his life drastically. That man was a Roman known as Saul, but today His name represents one of the most evangelistic disciples, named Paul. Now I am sure that when Paul was still persecuting the Christians, the disciples prayed for him and called him in by name. Think about it, is this not what we as followers of Christ do. We pray for the leaders of this country, the man on the street, our nabour, friends and colleagues, knowing they are in need of Christ. However, so many times we complain about the same people and what they do as sinners of this world, because they are lost and have not found Jesus. Nevertheless, when we look at what perseverance in prayer (James 1:3 – 4) has done for Saul, why would it not happen to those around us?
I think it often happens that when we pray for our loved ones and they are saved, we see God working through our faith. Is that not true for you as well? But, how many times do we pray for leaders, the man on the street with no home, or those in prison? Ouch! That hurts does it not? We tend to pray for people to be saved and when they are saved we question their integrity and watch whether this new change will be permanent or will they slip back. Then again, many don’t pray for the ones in prison, because the punishment is what they deserve for raping, stealing and killing innocent people. Is this not our outlook in life? Let me start my article again……one day there was a man who persecuted Christians, a man named Saul, now saved by Christ he is called Paul. This man is now acknowledged by all saved in the name of Jesus, as one of the greatest disciples ever known. Do you follow what I’m saying here dear reader? Do you hear my heart?
Many of us who are saved by the blood of Jesus cut down people in the name of Jesus, without knowing it. However, like in the Casting Crowns song, “the sword was never ours to swing.” You see, Jesus is our Saviour because He found us and saved us and only now we are called His children. Out there, there are many judged by us, just waiting to be saved. But, do we pray for them? I am not talking about your loved ones. I am talking about the man on the street. To stretch it even further, are you praying for your enemies? You see, Jesus is a friend of sinners as well. He died for them as much as for you and me. Look at Mary Magdalene and the murderer on the cross.
I feel so strong about this, and realise no sin is greater than the other. Whether it is the thief in South Africa stealing cables or the father physically abusing his wife behind closed doors where no one can see, there is no difference. Both are at the wrong and will have to stand before God for the sin they committed. I have a passion for people to be saved, just like Jesus saved Paul and me. Before saved by Christ, we were all lost at some point in time. However, we were called by name, someone prayed for us and by choice and faith, we got saved.
I want to challenge you today with the words from Casting Crowns that says:
“Jesus friend of sinners, the truth becomes so hard to see, the world is on their way to you, but their tripping over me. Always looking around but never looking up, I’m so double minded. Think I’m saint with dirty hands and a heart divided. Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, open our eyes to the world at the end of us pointing fingers. Let our hearts be led my mercy, help us reach with open hearts and open doors. Oh Jesus friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks Yours.”
Dear reader, are you saved by Jesus? If not, please pray this simple yet life changing prayer with me.
Dear Lord Jesus, I am a sinner and want to be saved by You. Please come and live in my heart forever and please forgive me for all the things I have done wrong. Please change my heart and mind in Jesus name. Amen!
If you are saved, please I ask you to pray for those who are lost in our country, whether a friend, loved one, leaders or the ones in prison. We are saved by his mercy (Titus 3:3 – 7) so we all deserve to be saved by Christ, for He is also the friend of sinners who but only needs to be saved!
With lots of love in Jesus Name
PS: Dear reader, please remember that the scripture used are from the New International Version. If the scripture is read in another language and translation it might differ slightly. A verse in the NIV might be a different one in your bible, i.e. Ps 37:3 in the NIV might be Ps 37:4 in your bible. This does not always occur, but has happened in some instances.