Daily Bible Reading – Job 18; Psalm 114; Acts 27,28
Today’s Key Passage – Acts 28:17-24
Paul was arguably the greatest preacher of all time. He preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ in many different lands and to many different people in the days of early Christianity, and his preaching brought many people to Christ. Even Paul, though, with his superior preaching skill, was not able to convince everyone to believe. It is mentioned many times in Acts that following Paul’s preaching certain people were convinced and got saved while others would not believe. Though he was not able to convince every person he spoke with to turn to Christ, Paul never got discouraged about preaching the Gospel.
It can be easy for us to get discouraged when we are not able to convince another person to turn to Jesus. There are times when despite our best efforts, we are simply not able to win people over for Christ. There is a temptation in these times to just give up – to stop preaching the Gospel and to stop trying to save others. This temptation, however, is simply a lie of the enemy. The enemy tells us that we are not good enough, we do not know enough, or that it is simply not worth the pain of rejection. We have to realize that these are all lies. We have all been called by Jesus to, “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Our job is to “plant the seed” by telling others about Jesus, but as any farmer can tell you, planting a seed is not enough to make it grow. For a seed to grow – for a person to turn to Christ – they need the seed to be watered, and that is the job of the Holy Spirit.
In John 16:7-8, Jesus said, “It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment”. We recognize in this passage that Jesus is referring to the Holy Spirit. The English word Counselor is a translation from the Greek word paráklētos, which means “one who is called alongside”. The Holy Spirit is dwelling with all people prior to their conversion. The Holy Spirit walks alongside people, and convicts them of their sin and convinces them that Jesus Christ is the only answer. In this way, the Holy Spirit is watering the seeds that we have planted and ultimately convinces people to accept Jesus Christ. On our own, none of us are able to turn someone to Christ. For that, we need the Holy Spirit.
The next time you tell someone about Jesus and they choose not to believe, do not be discouraged. Be encouraged in the fact that you have planted the seed. Then pray for the Holy Spirit to come into that person’s life and water the seed to make it grow.
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Posted on October 27, 2014, in 05 - Acts and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Evangelism, God, God's Character, Jesus, Perseverance, Religion, Salvation, Service, Temptation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.