“We need God to obey God.” Jackie Hill-Perry
10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Robin and I listened to a podcast from Focus on the Family the other day and heard the testimony of Jackie Hill-Perry, who came out of the lesbian lifestyle into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Her statement brings a fresh perspective to how people come to Christ.
44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them…” John 6:44
People tend to look on the outside of people and make judgements as to whether they can/will be saved–or not. The problem is that we simply do not have the spiritual discernment to know whether they will or they won’t. When the prophet Samuel was searching for the next king of Israel, he looked at the first six of Jesse’s sons thinking that one of them would be king because of how they looked as men, but God told Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him [them]. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7. God had chosen a man after His own heart: David (1 Samuel 13:14).”
The truth is that we don’t know what God will use to spark a desire in the heart of a person that turns his/her heart to Him. We are called to plant seeds. The sower in the parable (Matthew 13) did not prepare the soil; he simply cast the seed as he walked. We are to do the same. How? By being witnesses to the truth. The truth of what? Of what God has done in our lives through Jesus Christ. To quote Mary Magdalene on The Chosen, “I was one way, and now I am another, and the only thing in between is Him (Jesus).”
Let’s be about the Father’s business of being witnesses to the miracle that God hath wrought in our hearts and lives. As we do, let’s rejoice with Him that our names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20).
Abba, thank You that everyone begins as sinners and that everyone can come to a saving knowledge of You. The sin doesn’t matter; it’s You rising in their hearts that does. Move mightily, O Lord, and move us to reach out to any and every one You point out–no matter what the sin. They are all potential brothers and sisters in Christ. Amen.