Patricia wanted to die. She was broken after a bitter divorce. Her Roman Catholic faith offered her no hope for her difficult circumstances. Then a 4-year-old Baptist girl told her, “Aunt Patty, Jesus loves you.” This was the first time Patricia realized Jesus loved her. She picked up a tract, read it through, and trusted Christ as her Savior. Today she is distributing Victory In Grace tracts to people in her senior living facility. She tells them, “Jesus loves me; and if He can love me, then I know He loves you.”
If God can use a little, 4-year-old girl to lead someone to Christ, then He can use you. God didn’t tell the little girl to wait until she had gone to church for a few years, finished school, and went to Bible college before she started sharing her faith. He didn’t tell her to wait until she was older. He didn’t say, “Don’t worry about it. Leave the job of soul-winning to your parents. They can do much better.” He didn’t save the task of sharing the gospel for the boys. He didn’t tell her to wait until just the right time or place. He just gave her a burden, and she acted on it. Because of the little girl’s faithfulness to tell Patty about Jesus, Patty is alive today and telling others how they can be saved.
Anyone can make a difference for Christ. All it takes is courage and obedience to the Holy Spirit’s leading. What’s keeping you from sharing your faith? Are you afraid of how the other person will respond? Are you waiting for just the right moment to open your mouth and tell someone else about Jesus? Every day, God will put people in your path. Pray that He would give you the courage to tell them Jesus loves them.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder