I have people in my circle of influence who do not understand the relationship I have with Jesus Christ. It burdens me. It actually makes my heart sad. I want them to know the spiritual truths that have set me free. I want them to experience their Creator, and discover as I have, the wonderful plan He has for their life. I want them to know what it feels like to have God’s joy and peace snuff out their worries. I want them to be born-again.
Why cannot they not see Jesus in my life? Why cannot they not understand my explanations? Why are my prayers for them still unanswered? Is it my fault? Am I doing something wrong? Are my moral inconsistencies to blame?
Without a doubt, I do have many faults, but I also have grace. I share that grace…not perfectly…but I do share it. Isn’t it greater than my sins? Can’t God’s grace be bigger, better, brighter and more wonderful than my blunders? Can’t His grace flowing through me be more persuasive than my bone-headed moments? What habits or moral inconsistencies in my life are keeping them from knowing Christ?
It is a heavy load to carry—believing that someone doesn’t know Christ because of my shortcomings. Perhaps it is a load I am not meant to carry. I know I am capable of committing great sins that would produce immense pain and unforgettable harm, but if that hasn’t happened, should I believe their unbelief is tied to my spiritual failures? It is one thing to feel burdened because someone is lost. It is another thing to believe it is my fault.
While wrestling with these thoughts, I came across these words…
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
I can’t blame Satan for my sins, but I can blame him for blinding the minds of those who still don’t believe. Knowing this relieves some of my burden. It’s not me. I’m not doing something wrong. I’m right where I am suppose to be. I need to stay the course. I need to keep caring…keep trying…keep praying.
Lord, please cure the blindness that keeps people close to me from seeing you. Free their minds so they can believe. Let them see, receive and accept the light of Your Good News. Save them. Please.
May you see the people close to you who are blind. May you long for their salvation. May God answer your prayers and empower your efforts to reach them for Christ. Don’t give up.
Here is a song someone shared with me. I hope it encourages you like it did me.