I was scanning pictures of family photos and came across a picture of my grandparents. They have gone on to be with the Lord now but the memories of yearly family reunions bring a smile to my face. Before sharing the meal, Grand Daddy Wells would have all of the family (50+) join hands and sing Amazing Grace. He would then follow it by saying a blessing over the food and a salvation prayer over all who were there. He pointed us to the cross. Their prayers over their children and grandchildren reached heaven but more importantly it allowed us to come face to face with Christ. I am grateful someone took the time to explain God’s love for me. Who has pointed you to the cross – a grandparent, a father, a mother, a friend, a pastor, a brother or sister, or maybe a stranger? Take a moment to be thankful for that person – they just pointed you to your salvation and abundant life in Christ.
I have been a Christian for over 35 years and still long to receive Godly counsel from mature men and women. Surrendering my life to Christ was my first true encounter as I knelt and asked for forgiveness at the altar… I met a man who shared a salvation message. A Bible study with friends will point me to the deeper things of God. During lunch or over a cup of coffee with a friend there are moments this person lovingly pointed me again back to the goodness of God. Early or late night talks with my husband help me refocus on the blessings and provision of God.
A stranger I might see in passing or a video can turn my attention to the Lord. I have driven down the street and noticed a person who had little hope? My prayer was “Jesus, for them you died.” It may come from a video someone shared with me. A song by someone who touched my spirit. These people did not even know my name but pointed me back to His mercy and love.
The Holy Spirit gently calls my name during the day and often reminds me of how wonderful my salvation is. When I struggle the Holy Spirit reminds me of His Word…create a clean heart in me, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. These are days when I am thankful to be reminded of the greatness of my God. There are days when I am weak – I am grateful for the strength of my God! There are days when I’m in wonder – I marvel at the glory of my God! There are days when I am sick – I turn to the healing power of the resurrection!
This Easter season we will all are reminded of the cross where Jesus died and rose again. Some may think of the crucified Christ but I think of the risen King who reigns! The cross is a place we all must come face to face with one day. Every knee (not some or just a few but ALL) will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.…Matthew 16:24-25.
Today I am thankful for the people known and unknown who have pointed me to the life in Christ. Happy Resurrection Day!