Daily Devotional – Wednesday, February 2, 2022
‘Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. I’ll say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” (Matthew 19:23-26, NLT)
The work of salvation in a person’s life is a miracle. It cannot be earned…or bought…and there is only one way to acquire it—through belief in Jesus and the work he did to pay the price required on our behalf. But the ‘miracle’ of salvation is one that is often overlooked and undervalued by the very ones who have experienced it firsthand. Not true? Consider this…
Too many Christians treat their faith as a private affair. Once we have experienced the miracle of salvation, we often revert to seeking miracles for the physical realm only—for healing from illness, reversal of financial misfortune, the cessation of conflict or some other personally felt need. It’s not that we shouldn’t pray for these things, but we should not become so focused on life this side of the grave that we forget to pray for the greatest miracle a person can experience—of being included in God’s family. When once we have experienced this miracle for ourselves, we are obliged to pray the same for our family members, friends, neighbours and the global community. Their eternal souls depend on it!
We cannot save anyone…there is no forcing anyone into making a commitment for God that they do not make of their own freewill. But God is the God of miracles, and we can pray for this spiritual miracle for them on their behalf. Not to pray is equivalent to watching as someone steps out in front of a speeding train…and doing nothing to stop it. We may not be able to prevent a person’s choice to reject God, but that does not mean we aren’t responsible to pray that they experience the miracle of submitting their lives to God. Who would God have you pray this spiritual miracle for?
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!