Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- May 8, 2013
In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Luke 15:10
The great God of the Universe and those in the presence of angels rejoice when a single sinner repents. A conversion to Christ is a big, big deal to the Lord. Like a body healed of disease celebrates wholeness, a soul healed of sin’s terminal illness can’t help but bring glory to God in celebratory praise. What was lost is found. What was estranged from the Holy Spirit is unified with God’s Spirit. What was sentenced to hell is pardoned for heaven. New life deserves a party!
Do you make a special effort to recognize a friend or relative’s decision to trust Christ? Perhaps you attend their baptism, buy them a Bible, or lead them through a discipleship process for new believers. Maybe you throw a party with a delicious meal and a time of affirmation for the one who has passed from death to life. Just like caring attention is deservedly given to a physical birth, so time and money are great investments in a new birth. Celebrate a new Christian’s faith!
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. Luke 2:14
Be intentional not to take for granted someone, who by grace, engaged God for the very first time. A faith that becomes too familiar with itself is a tired faith. However, a faith fired by the flames of a fresh faith is energized and reminded of its past zeal. Oh the joy of being a spiritual parent and grandparent. Alive and well are disciples who are blessed to experience a soul’s new creation within relationships they love. Yes, there is no greater joy than serving as a spiritual obstetrician.
Our Heavenly Father throws a party for those who have come home to Christ. He laughs and sings songs of jubilation when His children repent of foolish living and turn to trust in Him. He expects His other children to join Him in a euphoric expression of gratitude over one sinner who has come to their senses. A saved soul is extremely valuable in eternity’s currency. Like a found silver coin on earth is a converted soul in heaven. A conversion to Christ is cause for rejoicing!
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I rejoice with You over those who have come to faith in Jesus.
Related Readings: Psalm 51:12, 95:1; Isaiah 65:14; Daniel 12:3; 1 John 2:1
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