MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012
And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. – —1 Corinthians 2:1–2
Have you ever thought that if you could do a miracle for non-Christian friends, they would become believers? Maybe you’ve said, “If I could just do a miracle, I know they would believe on the spot.”
I don’t think so. I am sure it would be amazing. It probably would move them deeply. But ten million signs and wonders would not make the world turn to Christ. When a person believes in Jesus, it is an act of the heart—an act of the will that has to take place.
A miracle is not going to convince someone. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, and afterward, they plotted to kill Jesus and Lazarus. John 12 says that when all the people heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see Him and also Lazarus, the man whom Jesus raised from the dead. And then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus too. Poor Lazarus. It was bad enough that he had to die once, and then the religious leaders wanted to kill him. Why? Because Lazarus was a living, breathing miracle. His presence alone was a testimony to the power of God.
And guess what? You are a living, breathing miracle man or miracle woman if you can talk about how God has changed your life and how He has transformed you. You are a powerful representative of Jesus Christ. So be one.
Our message to a lost world is that we are all sinners. We are separated from God. But God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross for our sins and to pay the price for us on the cross and to rise again from the dead. That is the gospel. Just proclaim it, and watch what God will do.
Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.