My mother was a praying mother. In fact, I give her most of the credit for “praying me into the Kingdom of God”. My mother never hounded me or presented Christ to me in a way that turned me off from receiving Him. She never verbally said very much to me regarding God or His Word at all. She simply prayed and gave me a visual example of what living a Godly lifestyle looked like. For years, when it looked like I was going in every direction but a positive one, she never lost the hope of her children living for God.
Sometimes as Christians it’s difficult for us to know a truth, and not attempt to force others, particularly our loved ones, to embrace the truth of God’s plan of salvation for our lives. We must come to the realization that God loves our loved ones even more than we do and that His desire to see the lost saved is even stronger than ours.
God loves those who are lost and He continually sends people across their paths that minister to them in different ways.
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building – 1 Corinthians 3:6-9
God loves those who are lost and He continually sends people across their paths that minister to them in different ways. Salvation is a process. Someone comes along and plants, then moves on. Someone else comes along and waters the seed that was planted, then moves on. Someone else comes along and gives a testimony, then moves on. Just because you aren’t the one that leads someone to Christ, don’t feel like the person is lost forever. Do your part…nurture the seed and then move on. Be careful not to do damage to the seed by hounding, preaching, trying to convince, insisting, or forcing “salvation” down the throat of those around you which, because of our love for Christ and our zeal to see as many saved as possible, we’ve all done from time to time.
Salvation is a Process, Not a Destination
And as we go through life displaying Jesus to the world, every once in a while God will allow us to be the caboose in the “Salvation Train” and give us the privilege of leading someone to Christ. The fruit of His labor of love in the life of an individual who was lost is sometimes years in the making. Take the time to rejoice and enjoy the opportunities He gives you to lead someone to Christ. Then after a short time of rejoicing, get back aboard the Salvation Train again and move on to the next destination.
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