Devotional

“It only takes a spark, to get a fire going, And soon all those around, can warm up to its glowing. That’s how it is with God’s love. Once you’ve experienced it; It’s fresh like spring, You want to sing; You want to pass it on.” – Christian Song

It only takes a tiny spark to ignite a fire and it only takes one individual filled with the Spirit of God to ignite others into becoming followers of Christ. It was one man, John the Baptist, who saw Jesus passing by and proclaimed, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! ” (John 1:29) Two of His disciples, Andrew and Peter responded to Jesus’ call and began to follow Him. Jesus eventually had 12 disciples. Those 12 developed into seventy disciples which went out to the villages. From the 70 (Luke 10:1) came 120 (Acts 1:15) and on the day of Pentecost that number burst through the roof to 3,000. (Acts 2:41)  In Acts 4:4, we read 5,000 came to believe. 

The Christian gospel is the story of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  In the two thousand years since, the account of Jesus’ victory over sin and death has been embraced by hundreds of millions of people.  Each of us who are followers of Jesus are beneficiaries of this ripple effect of the gospel.  We are asked to do our part to continue the ripple. It only takes a spark for God to cause a ripple through our communities. That spark to be ignited in each one of us can start with inviting someone to Easter services.

In our lives, we all know people that from the outside appears that they will never turn to God. However, on the inside, they are desperately longing for someone to tell them about Jesus. This Easter could be the perfect time to invite them to church to learn about the hope we have in Jesus. With one invite their lives could be changed forever.

We have heard the following story from many people. They came to church because they were invited by friends. In many cases, they didn’t know that their invitation came at a time when the person was struggling or searching. They attended church and accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. They attend church, get baptized and tell us how God is changing their life.  But it would never have happened had they not been invited to come. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. Make a list of people you want to invite to church on Easter.  Do you have a relationship with that individual(s)? Have you prayed for that individual(s)?
  2. Pray and ask God for the wisdom to invest in the lives of others in a way that draws them to Him.