A friend of mine had to take her husband to an Urgent Care facility last night because he had hurt his foot. They put stitches in his foot and also gave him a tetanus shot. As I was praying for her husband this morning, God spoke to me and said “There are many people who need to come to My Urgent Care facility every day because they have emergencies in their lives but nobody cares enough or will take the time to bring them so that I can heal their broken hearts, their broken homes and their fragmented lives. I want to put My peace, joy, happiness and love into their lives but somebody has to bring them to Me”.
When He said that to me it felt like somebody had plunged a long sharp knife into my heart. There are so many people who have emergencies in their lives and they need us to take them to Jesus. I receive emails almost every day from people who are discouraged, depressed, feeling suicidal, lonely, and feel that nobody cares about them. They need someone to put his or her arms around them and hug them to Jesus.
Does Jesus call us His friends because of our loving actions and words to others? My heart broke as I realized that there have been times in my life since I became a Christian that I did not take people to Jesus. Instead of taking them to Jesus, I passed them by hoping that somebody else would take them to Him. Before you start judging and criticizing me, search your own heart.
I think if all of us are honest with ourselves that there have been times when we didn’t take someone to Jesus and passed by that person in the hopes that someone would take him or her to Jesus. One day we will stand before a Holy God and give an account of all the people we passed by without telling them that Jesus loves them. How we must hurt our dear Saviour when we don’t tell people and show people how much He loves them!
People in your own family may have an emergency and you need to take them to Jesus. Don’t wait for somebody else to do it because if you do they may never know how much Jesus loves them. Yes, you have probably told them countless times that they need to give their hearts and lives to Jesus and ask Him to be their personal Saviour but have you hugged them as many times and told them that Jesus loves them?
Joyce Landorf, a speaker and author, says on one her teaching tapes “Do you know how hard it is to witness to people unless they first feel that you love them? It is almost impossible. They need to first feel our love before they will believe anything that we tell them about Jesus”. She is so right about this because it wasn’t until August 14, 1980 when I saw Jesus in someone’s smile that I thought that maybe He could love me.
O dear friends, we must be about the Master’s business. We act like there is plenty of time to tell them and so we put off telling them until the next day. The tragic thing about this is that for some of our loved ones tomorrow will not come and they will die not knowing that Jesus loves them because we have neglected to hug them and tell them that Jesus loves them. May God bring so much conviction to our hearts that we shut off the television set and spend more time with our families.
Father, in the precious name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the name above all names, we come to You admitting that we have failed and hurt You. Please forgive us and put a desire deep within our hearts to make telling our loved ones and the world about the unconditional love of Jesus the first priority in our lives. Thank You so much, dear Father, for giving us Your Son so that we may have His love and have the assurance of a home in Heaven through His atoning blood. Amen.
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