Lent Devotional March 30: Hold Him Up

Hold Him Up

“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32

I am jealous of the person who has been “born again.” You know that person. They were going one way in their life, and then BAM! Jesus found them. That person has a STORY! They have a TESTIMONY! And when they talk about it…wow! You can see Jesus shine right through them. You feel His Spirit as they witness. And witness they do, loudly, boldly, and all the time!!

A couple weeks ago, on the youth mission trip in Montgomery, AL, we came across so many of God’s bold witnesses. They had testimonies. They had lives that had become unraveled; and then at some low point, God put someone in their life who told them about a guy named Jesus who loves them.

They grabbed onto that love with both hands. They needed that love, desperately. They needed a Savior, desperately. So now, when they talk about their friend Jesus, they glow; they sing; they shine; they shout!

I don’t have that kind of testimony, that kind of boldness. I was raised in a Christian home, and have just always believed Christ was my Savior. But, I realize that what I do have in common with these wonderful children of God is Jesus’ love — His saving grace and the ability to give Him all the glory for my “easy” Christian walk. All I have to do is open my mouth, praise Him, and give Him the glory in all things. It doesn’t have to be an “in your face” testimony. It just has to be in my every day conversations. I need to say, “Praise God” and mean it. I need to hold Him up before my friends, my family, my neighbors so He can do the rest. God doesn’t need my bold witness, or even my quiet witness, but He just might use my daily conversations to draw others to Himself.

Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for bold witnesses. They remind us just how powerful you are, and what a saving grace you provide. Please help me to be bolder. I do love you and want others around me to know just how much. Use my words, Lord, for your glory. Let me be your daily witness by my words, actions, and love for others. In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.

Marjean Beckman

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