Unspeakable Joy Devotional

September 15th

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Everyone Has A Story. We have all heard the saying “everyone has a story”. No matter where I go, and the people I meet, as we sit and talk and get to know others, I am amazed at the stories they have to tell. Some are stories of sorrow and sadness, others of amazing accomplishments, and the list goes on and on. It got me to thinking about my story and what do I tell others. I thought about the song by Casting Crowns “Nobody”. The words include “I’m just a nobody, trying tell everybody, all about somebody who saved my soul…” What is your story and are we telling others about Jesus and what He has done for us? “I’m living for the world to see nobody but Jesus”. Do people see Jesus in you? That is what I have to constantly ask myself.

Before Jesus departed to His heavenly throne to take His position as Lord and Christ, He spent a final time with His eleven disciples. The last command that He gave them was this: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

The greatest part of telling others about the Lord is that you now have the opportunity to affect the lives of others for good; now they will have the chance to come to know Christ as their Savior. The great blessing that is in your life can be shared with someone else to bring him or her hope. If the desolate and downtrodden woman at the well could be a witness, certainly you and I can do the same. “Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, ‘Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?’” John 4:28-29

Jesus commands us to tell others of His great salvation. He wants everyone to know about Him. He suffered a horrible death so that all mankind could be reconciled to the Father. The only way for that truth to be known is for some one to tell it. We are that “someone”. Why should we tell others? We should tell others because they need to know that Jesus loves them and longs to give them life. He desires to rescue each one from the pit and consequences of sin.

“The Lord…is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9. We need never fear that we will be left alone to speak for Him without support; He will always give us what to say and power to be effective. “And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

We have all sinned and deserve God’s judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus along as your Savior, declaring, “Jesus is Lord”, you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.

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