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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
‘The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew:and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.” John 12:21-22
Recently I was at the funeral home and overheard two people talking. It was obvious that they had just been reacquainted after many years. One of them knew me, and introduced me to the newfound friend. I learned that this person had been the babysitter for the other one many years ago, and had been looking everywhere for him. “I tried finding him on Facebook for many years but with no luck,” she said. Then she explained, “When his mom died, a friend of mine on Facebook posted it, and I found out that he had been a friend of my friend all the time, but I never noticed him.”
I thought about how often this happens in our lives as Christians. Many of our friends, neighbors, and relatives are looking for Jesus, and we know Him personally, but they never know it. There are many that would come to Jesus for salvation if someone who knew Him would just tell them about Him.
This next week is our annual Missions Conference. It is a part of the fabric of our church, as it is with any Bible-believing church. We will have a veteran missionary in to speak to us, and we will have several missionary families that are on their way to the foreign field and are in need of supporting churches. We will be challenged to renew our worldwide vision for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. During the four services, our hearts will be stirred about the need to get the Gospel into every home in the world. We will be challenged to support these missionaries financially, and to support the ministry of the Gospel prayerfully, and to get involved in worldwide missions personally. It is a necessary time in the life of a church, and ought to have every member’s participation. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is counting on churches like ours to step up to the challenge.
Think about that lady looking all of those years for the boy she used to baby-sit. She searched for him, wanting to know where he was, and one of her friends knew him. She said to me, “He was there all the time and I didn't even know it.” I pray that no one looking for a new life and salvation and forgiveness of their sins will say because of me, “The Saviour was right there all the time and I didn’t know it.” Make sure you are a part of the worldwide Gospel vision! Start by telling everyone you know that you know Jesus!