"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8 NIV)
Across the miles of my life, I've recently learned
that I need to slow down and make a detour. I'm sure I've turned people
away from accepting Jesus into their heart and acknowledging Him as
their Lord and Savior. Arguing about God's Word has dulled their desire
Over the years, I've wanted some of my family
members and friends and co-workers to accept Jesus into their heart so
badly that I became an unwelcome and unfriendly pest. I can look back
now and realize that my pious manner was not Godly. As I learned more of
God's Word and desired the same for them, my boasting my knowledge over
them hardened their heart, and perhaps, took a longer added curves for
them to accept Christ.
Acts l:8, tells me that I am to be a
witness for God's Word. At this stage of my life, my type of witness
needs a change. My anger when a loved one doesn't accept God as their
Savior when I think they should is not right and adds distance for them
to have the change of heart needed.
God doesn't pressure me, why
do I pressure them?
I'm learning that I can still take advantage
of every opportunity that comes my way; but, I need to plant the seed in
love with a genuine and sincere heart; step back, and shower them in
prayer. It may take months, even years for them to accept Jesus into
their heart, but anger and pressure does not get the job done. I'M also
learning that God exercises patience with me, and that's how He expects
me to act toward them.
Prayer changes things, and God's love
changes people. I pray for this change in me so the distance shortens
and the curves are not so sharp.
© Carol Dee Meeks