A while back my friend Jewel, told me about a movie called “The Encounter” where four strangers encounter Jesus in a Diner on a deserted road. Needless to say, their lives were radically changed. A couple whose marriage was falling apart, a young girl who had an unstable home, a woman who accepted Christ at 17 was now in a relationship with a man who did not know her worth and did not value her, a business who let his pride, success and self sufficiency stand in the way between him and Jesus. Everyone except one was changed by the gift of faith they had in Christ. The business man’s grandmother prayed for him as a little boy to come to know Christ. And this was his final hope. This was his last chance to open his heart to Jesus. And he walked away. He walked directly into harms way and eternal separation from love, peace and joy. He walked away from a love that chased him and gave everything He had for him. He scorned and abused persistent love. Over and over again. He turned his back on Jesus even after seeing the power He had over the devil, who posed as a police officer in the movie. He turned his back on relentless passion that offered him salvation and eternal life. He had everything he needed or so he thought. He was successful in sports, successful in business and in his eyes, he didn’t need saving. Solely dependent on himself and his resources, he saw no need for Christ, and thought him to be manipulative and ultimately, his pride, riches and self-sufficiency prevented Him from entering into eternal peace.
My Challenge to you today, my challenge to myself, is to pray for those whose hearts are hardened to having faith in Christ. For those who believe yet live as though Christ isn’t real. Because believing in Him and living a life of surrender to Him, changes everything.
Anchored in Zion: Where God dwells, where gladness rests, where salvation comes from.