Devotion for the Week of July 26, 2015
MULTITUDES IN THE VALLEY OF DECISION
Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
We do not lead our students to Christ by words alone. As we draw closer to God, the light of Christ will shine from our daily walk, and our students will be drawn to that light. We will win them to Christ as God’s love changes our lives, our words, and our deeds. They will see the difference in us and want to follow—at least those who have entered the “Valley of Decision”.
Be prepared to lead your students to Christ. Keep a gospel tract or bookmark handy for quick scripture references. Your highest calling as a Christian is to lead others to Christ. Don’t hesitate to ask students (especially when there is difficulty in their lives) where they are with God. Ask them how they are getting along with God. Students are often serious and honest in answering this question. Don’t be embarrassed to ask. They may be wishing someone would confront them with their need for salvation or a recommitment to God. Many opportunities for prayer and salvation have come when I have asked these questions. Avoid being overly aggressive, rather, let the discussion of spiritual matters be a natural flow from the conversation in progress.
For those who teach in a secular setting, you can teach Bible truths without using scripture and verse. Truth can and should be taught anywhere. Christian character can be taught without using the “Christian” label. Hold the light of God’s truth out to your students when possible. You may want to refer them to a local pastor or counselor when possible.
The harvest is ready; many are searching for truth. Will you bring the light to them? Make a commitment to be prepared and willing to lead those in the “Valley of Decision” to the foot of the cross.
Dear God, I want to always be prepared to lead my students in the sinner’s prayer. Give me eyes to see those who are ready to hear your salvation message. And may I be willing to say, “Here am I, Lord, use me.”
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