Completely Lost?

How many of you can think of a person who you really doubted that they would ever come to know Jesus Christ personally? I have one in mind, a friend of mine. Even though I prayed for her salvation every now and then, I don’t know if I truly believed the words I was praying… but at least I prayed.

I don’t know what it is that makes us doubt that the lost will come to know Christ. When I truly consider it, I think the doubt creeps in when I focus on my ability to save them. Let’s get this straight: I don’t have the ability to save anyone! Yet sometimes I look at a person and think that their only hope of coming to salvation is my ability to share the Gospel in the right words, in the right way. But God.... Two of the best words to ever be spoken. ‘But God’ is the one who saves! God is the one who can take even the dirtiest of souls and make them white as snow.

When we remember that whether or not someone comes to know Jesus personally lies in the power of God and that person’s ability to choose, our doubts can hit the road! No one is so far from God that they are completely lost to Him.

We’ve learned that the only thing someone can do to keep from receiving forgiveness from God is for them to continue to reject Jesus until the day they die. This means there is NOTHING, absolutely nothing, that can keep anyone from repenting of their sins and accepting the forgiveness that can only be found in Jesus Christ……except themselves.

I don’t know about you, but that is SO entirely encouraging! I now pray for that same person with a renewed faith knowing that even she can come to know Jesus personally. If I want to be a part of that story I just need to continue to pray and open my mouth to share Jesus with her when God gives me the opportunity. VIO, the Value and Impact of ONE, not just me as a ONE, but my friend as ONE too. Be encouraged today to never stop praying for that ONE you thought was lost.

(Sarah Sullivan)
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.

Based on Get Real, Confess Christ, Defeat Greed on October 15th, 2016 - Watch Sermon

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