Saturday, March 14th, 2015
Outsiders (Part 9)
Family And Friends
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.
Acts 16:31 (NKJV)*
The unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband.
1 Corinthians 7:14 (NKJV)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8 (NKJV)
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
James 5:16 (NKJV)
Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
Genesis 18:25 (NKJV)
When I became a committed Christian at 51, my daughters, ages 24 and 20, weren't. Neither was my son-in-law, who is now the leader of AMTC. My earliest prayers were for them. None were raised in the faith, but I hoped God would fix my errors. I dreamed we might get baptized together, so I waited. Two years later, we did.
Nevertheless, others we love refuse the plunge. For them, I've searched Scriptures and studied scholars. I've come to an uncommon conclusion made possible by God's Word: beloved outsiders can become insiders by association. Consider it.
If we can become guilty by association, because 'Bad company corrupts' (1 Corinthians 15:33)... because bad people are like 'The leaven of the Pharisees' (Mark 8:15), like 'The leaven of malice and wickedness' (1 Corinthians 5:8)... if close association with evil razes us by fire instead of raising us in God....
Then can we be raised to Heaven by close association with believers? If evil is like a rotten apple spoiling the barrel, can good be like a preserving agent, saving the barrel?
Because in The Parable of the Leaven, Jesus said, 'The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast' (Matthew 13:33).** So if the 'Kingdom of God is within' us (Luke 17:21), if that Kingdom is His Spirit, then can our joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control be contagious? Enough to lift our loved ones into Heaven?
Truly, each person must have an individual come to Jesus meeting: a personal surrender and acknowledgment of His sovereignty. But the Bible never says when this meeting must occur. Can it happen at the moment of death? Do we wish it could be earlier? Would our loved one be happier earlier? Yes x 3! Even so, better late than never.
In the meantime, 'Pray without ceasing' (1 Thessalonians 5:17), and believe in their salvation. Jesus put it this way: 'Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours' (Mark 11:24). Concerning the future of unsaved loves ones, I believe we'll see them in Heaven.
If I'm wrong, God will reveal it later. If I'm right, praise God... and stay hopeful.
One more thing: Actors, models and talent for Christ, you carry this Leaven from Heaven. Can your Spirit be sent on the airwaves of media to lift an audience? Only God knows. At a minimum, He is witnessed through you, so continue to fly.
To Be Continued...
* The Philippian Jailor Saved: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+16%3A25-40&version=NKJV
** The Parable of the Leaven: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+13%3A33&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Outsiders series.