Is there a person in this world you think is beyond God’s redemption? A person, when his name is mentioned causes discomfort amidst people for reasons like ruthlessness, betrayal? In the Early Church, during the days of Saul, I believe that when Paul’s name…then Saul… was mentioned, a prayer would break out amongst the Christians. I believe some prayers may have been along the lines of …God shorten his days; but there must have been someone crying out for his Salvation.
Paul must have been a case, whereby even when he confessed to have become a follower of Christ, the Christians in Jerusalem must have thought … a wolf in a sheep’s skin… and stayed away from him in fear. It took Barnabas’s assurance for the Christians to embrace Paul Act 9:27.
The lesson placed on my heart is that God is not willing to give up on anyone of us…and neither should you and I. In our respective lives, we are surrounded by people held in bondage like witchcraft, sexual immorality, drunkenness, the list is endless; and there are people who have inflicted untold pain or caused major losses in our lives. Often in our thoughts, wishes and prayers… we dispatch them off to Hell.
In moments of anguish or disappointment, there is need to remember that … God is the Judge; the Devil is the Accuser; and you and I are servants of God with a command to “…Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you that you may be sons of your Father in heaven” Mathew 5:44.
The walk of a Christian is neither straight nor smooth …there are mountains (when all is well); and then there are valleys (when one in pain, torment, confusion, loss ceases to see the goodness of God). The valley is a terrible place to be, yet a place we all pass through at one time or another. It is in these moments that we need a brother or a sister to hold us up in prayer.
Also, you and I know of a person who is in bondage and needs Christ; one held fast in the clasp of the enemy; a person who neither knows nor reveres God….it could be a boss, workmate, wife, husband, child, friend, relative, neighbor. In the life of Paul, we see a clear demonstration of how the love of God can reach one irrespective of how far they are gone from God’s path Acts9:1.
Reach out and lift up someone in prayer.
“..but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them” Hebrew 7:24 -25.