TUESDAY 12TH MAY, 2020
THEME: Our Works Speak
PASSAGE: Matthew 11:1 – 9
HYMN: MHB 576 – BE it my only wisdom here
MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 11:5 “The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.”
There was a video clip about a brother, who preached to a commercial motorcyclist (called Okada in Nigeria). The okada man felt touched by the Word he heard and was willing to give his life to Christ. At the point when the brother wanted to pray for him the brother received a phone call from their evangelism team leader. He told the new convert to wait and be prayed for by the team leader. When the Sister came, she was someone, who had earlier had an ugly encounter with the okada man, in which she abused the man, rained insults and curses on him because of transport fare. On sighting the lady, the new convert said that it will be better for him to remain as an unbeliever than to allow the sister to pray for him. As he turned to go, he was hit by an oncoming vehicle and he died on the spot.
John was put into prison by Herod Antipas shortly after Jesus started His public ministry. While in prison, John heard of the works being done by Christ and sent his disciples to inquire from Him. Many assumptions and interpretations have been given to this action of John. One thing very significant here is that John was attracted by what he heard that Jesus was doing. The story of the works of Jesus was spreading even beyond prison bars.
Child of God, what does your work say about you; about the Christian faith; and about the Church? Paul, writing to the Corinthian Church, said we are epistles known and read by men. Our evangelism, fellowship, teaching and testimonies are good but, what we do will speak more and draw more persons to Christ than just our words may do. We must, therefore, not be Christians only in church on Sundays, but we must be called children of God at all times, judging from our actions everywhere we go.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, let my works speak grace to hearers and draw sinners to you all the days of my life. Amen.
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