Telling the Story of Jesus
Daily Bible Reading – Exodus 17-20; Acts 3
Today’s Key Passage – Acts 3:11-26
My initial inclination today was to write a blog about the Ten Commandments. After all, today was the day we read about them in Exodus 20, and even before I read them today, I was already thinking about what I could write and how I would lay out the post. Sometimes, though, when we come up with a plan, God decides to provide us with an alternate plan instead. I logged onto the website to write the blog, and took a quick look at the visit statistics as I often do, and I found something that caused me to change direction today at the last minute. Each day, the website I use for this blog provides me with a recap of how many people have visited the site, and how they got to the site. Some people find this page from posts in Facebook (either my own or when some of you graciously decide to click the SHARE button). Other people find the site by doing a search on popular search engines like Google or Yahoo. When that happens, the statistics on the site tell me what search term the person used to find this blog. Most of the time, the search terms are things you would typically expect such as “daily bible reading” or “bible plan”, but today one of these search terms stood out to me. One of the search terms used today to find my website was, “who was the carpenter in the Bible?”
In this day and age, I think a lot of us take for granted that everyone has heard the Good News about Jesus. More often than not, we probably think that people have at least heard the story of Jesus once or twice. Some people have chosen to believe and put their trust in Him, and others have not, but everyone has at least heard the story, right? This search term reminded me today that sometimes people, maybe even people in our own neighborhoods, have never come to Christ simply because they have not heard about Him. Maybe they have never been given the opportunity to meet Him and learn about Him. Maybe they have never read anything in the Bible or been to a single church service. In the passage above, Peter tells the story of Jesus to the onlookers at the temple, some Jews and some Gentiles. He tells the story of Jesus as if the people were hearing it for the first time, because for many of the onlookers it may have actually been the first time. When we tell the story, we should do the same thing. We should tell the story of Jesus with the same level of passion and emotion as Peter did. We should never take for granted that people have heard it before. Even if people have heard parts of the story, maybe they have never heard the whole thing. Maybe they have never heard the one part that would have made all the difference in the world for them and would have softened their heart toward Christ. Maybe God has placed you in the position you are in at just the right time to be able to tell His story to that person.
I do not know what happened with that person with the search term. I pray that he or she found something on this website that moved his or her heart. I pray that he or she will continue to search for Jesus. I pray that he or she will make the most important decision of his or her life and trust in Him today. Please join me today in praying this same prayer.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.