For by grace you have been saved through faith, that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9
I’d like to shout it from the roof top, “Salvation is a gift of God”, and have it echo through time.
Daily I pray for those whom the Lord has laid on my heart…that He would move in their heart and mind, bring them to an end of themselves. That they would recognize that there is a day coming in which they will have to give an account to the God who created them. That they would recognize that they are a sinner, unable to save themselves before a holy and righteous God. That they would cry out, confess with their mouth and believe with their heart that Jesus Christ is Lord and they will be saved. I pray for divine appointments, bold witnesses, hearts to be tendered, eyes to be opened and ears to be inclined to the Lord.
And yet, I need to confess, that while I pray for them, there have been very few that I have had a point blank discussion with about their need for salvation found in Christ alone. There are times I will look at someone who I know doesn’t believe in God and think if he or she died today, they would be in hell for eternity.
You want to know the place that I find it the hardest to share my faith? The workplace. People know I’m a Christian and I freely talk about my faith with fellow believers and others. When people are going through difficult times, trials and tribulations, I’ll let them know I’m praying for them.
But their greatest need, this side of the grave and for eternity is for them to hear the gospel message. And I remain silent. I have news about the greatest gift ever and I keep it to myself.
Lord…I’m afraid at times I fear man more than You. Lord how can I remain silent when a person’s eternity hangs in the balance? It’s You that does the convicting and saving, all You are asking me to do is be a witness.
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Yes, the fear of man keeps us from speaking, whereas the fear of God motivates us best. I too have not spoken up…I haven't even prayed well. But I felt prayed for when I read your words!