Message From Andy (Youth Minister)
They looked to Him and were radiant.
- Psalm 34:5
Most mornings I read a devotion on David Jeremiah’s “Turning Point” app. This week, he shared a story that really struck me:
One Sunday the powerful Scottish preacher, Alexander Maclaren, spotted a well-known skeptic in the audience. The man attended several Sundays and made a profession to receive Christ as his Savior. Maclaren asked which message had brought the man to that decision. “Your sermons, sir, were helpful,” replied the man, “but they were not what finally persuaded me to become a Christian. A few weeks ago as I was leaving church, I noticed an elderly lady with a radiant face. Because she was making her way with difficulty along the icy street, I offered to help her. As we walked along together, she looked up at me and said, ‘I wonder if you know my Savior, Jesus Christ? He is everything in the world to me. I want you to love Him, too.’ Those few words touched my heart, and when I got home, I knelt down and received the Savior.”
I don’t know about you, but I had to ask myself this question: Am I radiating God’s amazing love to those around me? I often pray for people to see Jesus through me. But am I actively doing enough to be “radiating” Christ’s Amazing Love to those around me?
We as Christians are in this world but not of this world, and that’s a challenge – especially for our youth – in this age of materialism, information and false information, social media, etc.
My prayer for all of us is that we, with God’s help, will overcome these distractions and keep our focus on radiating Christ in this broken world!