I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. Acts 20:21
There are times when people are told some things that they must do in order to be safe or to avoid something.
Driving down a road, one might be told to turn off the road to another road in order to avoid a washed out bridge. People are told to evacuate their homes when there is a large forest fire or hurricane heading their way.
While some will heed these warnings, others will ignore them at their peril.
Paul told the people that he would go house to house telling both the Jews and the Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and believe in Jesus.
While the warnings to evacuate or avoid a certain road protect a person, they are only temporary protections. Those types of warnings only help in the here and now, at the moment, not for life-long or even eternity. These warnings are also only for a set group of people and do not involve every person around the world.
One of the dangers that is coming, that will involve every person around the world, regardless of who or where there are, is the coming of Jesus with the judgment of sin by God. This is a danger that will destroy all life, unless warnings are heeded.
Every believer has been given the command to declare the evacuation method to avoid the coming destruction. They are to tell every person, regardless of their ethnicity, that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith or believe in Jesus Christ.
Not doing these things will guarantee disaster and death for eternity. Every one needs an opportunity to believe in Jesus.
You, just as the rest of the world, need to make sure you have turned to God in repentance, turning away from all sin. Then you must also have faith in the salvation that Jesus is providing.
Once you have done this, you now have a mandate to declare that same message to everyone else you can talk to. Salvation and eternal life cannot and will not be found in any other person, god or religion. There is only one way to the Father, to heaven–Jesus Christ.
What are you declaring to the people you meet?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent before God of all your sins; that you tell others about Jesus; that you will emphasize the need to believe in Jesus; and that God will save many through your word and testimony.
Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 9:22
With the high level of media in the lives of people, many doubt what they see or read. Things in the media can be manipulated to say anything a person wants it to say to go along with his agenda or desired results.
As this occurs, it creates a world of doubt as to what is happening or can actually happen. People begin to doubt everything, because everything can be manipulated.
As Saul was heading to Damascus to kill or put believers in prison, Jesus got a hold of his attention and changed him. Afterwards Saul worked hard at proving that Jesus is the Messiah, baffling all of the Jews around him.
It is often very difficult for people to look at some person and believe that it is possible for him to change for the better. The person lives in such a way that there does not appear to be any hope for him at all.
This is a person that lives to sin, hate God, hate Christians and live for himself only. Sometimes, even the world does not like this type of person. Believers will often write this person off as hopeless and many won’t even attempt to witness to him about the love of Jesus.
The truth is that every person is just as bad as he is in the eyes of God when it comes to sin. Every person is a sinner, needing forgiveness and salvation.
God is willing to forgive anyone and everyone of all sins when the person repents.
If Saul, who was directly fighting against Jesus, can be saved, anyone can be saved. No believer should write off any person as hopeless.
At one point in your life you were a sinner needing to be forgiven and saved. You rejected Jesus, either openly or without knowing, but still needed Him. You were no different than the most vile sinner ever.
Someone took the time to be a witness to you and you chose to believe in Jesus and be saved. If there was hope for you, there is also hope for others.
Do not give up on any person because they are so harsh against God or Jesus. God is willing and can save any person on this earth. Give everyone a chance to believe in Jesus.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a witness for Jesus to everyone you meet; that you will seek to show your enemies who Jesus is; that you will give every person a chance to believe in Jesus; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.
Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. Acts 11:20
After Stephen was killed, the believers were scattered. As they went to new locations, they would bring the gospel message of Jesus to the Jews where they were living. Very few went to anyone other than the Jews. A few men started telling the Greeks about the Jesus and many were saved.
People love to talk with people who are similar to them. They do not usually like to talk to people who are different. People who are different are usually avoided and left alone.
In Acts, the people were only going to the Jewish people and not letting others know about Jesus. They felt as though God could not save them or that those people were not worthy to be saved. This same type of action goes on today.
Believers are great at talking to other believers about God and what is going on in their lives. They talk to those they know in their church, or in their community who they know are believers.
Some will talk to a few people in their workplace about Jesus, but only if they know the person well.
Every believer needs to break out of their church and small world and let others know about Jesus. Every person that a believer meets needs to be given a chance to accept or reject Jesus.
Just because a person dresses different, looks different, acts different, or is from the ‘other side of the tracks’, does not mean he should not be given the chance to know Jesus.
Every person who is a believer, is one because someone told that person. And someone had told the person, who told that person.
You are a believer, because someone told you. And the person who told you about Jesus is a believer, because someone told him. And that person is a believer, because someone told him.
As you go through your days, give people a chance to hear about Jesus. Be willing to tell everyone you meet, no matter where you are and go about Jesus. Jesus came to save every person, not just a few.
Give the clerk, cashier, service person, person in the store, the person on the street, and everyone else a chance to know Jesus.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell everyone you can about Jesus; that God will touch the hearts of many through you for Jesus; and that many will come to know Jesus through you.