Yesterday one of our readers (Hey Brigid!) said that she feels God letting us struggle produces a sense of familiarity for those we are evangelizing to and then they can relate! Well Brigid, I AM THE ONE DOING THE DEVOTIONS HERE! DON’T BE PREACHING IN THE COMMENT SECTION! Whew, lost it there. Just kidding, that was amazing seeing comments like that. In fact, I am going to talk about that here! Brigid you’re the best!!! I LOVEEEE seeing all of the comments guys! It is also super encouraging seeing truths like that shared! 🙂 Thank you so much for preaching to me too. 🙂 I believe we may have mentioned this before, but here goes anyways:
Not only is Brigid right, but she’s right! 2 Corinthians 1:4 says God comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others, that when they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. God knows the heart of the lost sheep and exactly what they need. Also 2 Corinthians 5:20 says that we are Christ’s ambassadors which God makes His appeal through. As a faithful leader He knows exactly how to truly appeal to those who are lost. He allows us to endure sorrow and struggle so that He can comfort us and therein we can offer that comfort to those who are lost. They look at the comfort we have received and realize they don’t have hope in these circumstance, yet we do. God appeals to them: come to Me for this hope!
We are frantically praying for our struggles and sorrows to be removed from our lives and wondering WHY we don’t see these things removed. God is looking down and saying, trust that I have you safely in My hand. Trust that nothing that comes against you can overpower Me! Trust that I have a purpose for these things.
We are frantically praying for our struggles and sorrows to be removed but those are the very things that will give us a tool to bring the lost to the Lord. Let’s keep our eyes and intentions on the Gospel and ask daily: What is the purpose of this experience? How does it help me share the Gospel?
Spend 1 minute thanking God that you are always safe no matter how dangerous the situation feels. Then spend 2-3 minutes asking the Lord to help you see the long term, evangelistic opportunity in everything you’re experiencing. That part is hard, but the Lord can provide! 🙂
Look at your life, find the things you know are common struggles, and share with someone who is unsaved. They will likely be able to relate. Then they will see you’re not some weirdo creepazoid and may have a truth that could help them too.