Who told you about Jesus?
I remember clearly the day my friend Annie told me that Jesus loved me. Her words were so sweet and appealing; they filled my heart with a pleasant sensation akin to feeling in love for the first time. After our conversation, she invited me to church… and the rest is history!
So many times I’ve wondered what my life would be like if Annie would’ve not shared her new-found faith with me. My life is infinitely better because of her.
But she wasn’t the only one to play a role in my salvation. After visiting Annie’s church I called Zury (the only “religious” friend I had) to tell her what had happened to me. In turn, she told me she’d been praying for me for a long time. She invited me to visit her church (Annie lived far from me) and gave me my first Bible. That little congregation became my church family.
Later on, I found out that my neighbors across the street had been praying for my family’s salvation for years. Isn’t that awesome!
The miracle of salvation is a gift that is offered, shared and received. Through Jesus’ sacrifice at the cross, God offers us new and eternal life. Through the message others share, we hear about this wonderful offer. Then, it is up to us to accept and receive such marvelous gift.
But, as stated in Romans 10:14, “how can [we] believe in the one of whom [we] have not heard? And how can [we] hear without someone preaching to [us]?” It is because people have cared enough to share God’s message with us that we have a chance to say yes to Jesus.
It’s been almost 30 years since I surrendered my life to the Lord. My friends and I grew up and went our separate ways, but every time I think of them, my heart is filled with gratitude because of the gift they gave.
Who was that person for you? Maybe it was the father who prayed for you since you were a child or the mother that took you to church. Maybe it was a co-worker, a friend, a classmate or a neighbor. Or maybe it was a stranger you never saw again.
Whoever that person or persons were, take time to say thank you – to them (if you can) or to God for ultimately putting them in your path.
May your Thanksgiving celebration be filled with peace, joy and gratitude,