The Liberator - A Family Devotional
Bible Reading: Matthew 4:18-22
Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people (Matthew 4:19).
You probably don’t picture yourself as a superhero—ready to do battle with the forces of evil. After all, you’re not faster than a speeding bullet, stronger than a locomotive, or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Most of all, you probably don’t dress in superhero long undies—you probably don’t even own a pair!
However, here’s an awesome fact: To all the kids in your school and community who don’t know Christ, you can be a spiritual superhero. When you help others trust in Jesus, you rescue them from the power of sin and Satan.
Most Christians like the idea of following Jesus. We might need a little persuading, however, that telling others about Christ is a great idea. Let me give you three big reasons why this superhero mission is a job you’ll want to accept.
Reason Number 1: The non-Christians around you need to be set free. No matter how happy people might look, if they haven’t trusted Christ they’re separated from God. Jesus felt compassion for the people around him who weren’t saved. He said they were “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36, NIV).
Reason Number 2: God’s rescue plan won’t work without you. Jesus told his first disciples to tell others about him—from home (for them—that was Jerusalem) all the way to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). And nowadays someone still needs to tell the Good News to people nearby—and not so nearby. God wants you to be that someone! Like the apostle Paul said, “How can [people] call on [God] to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” (Romans 10:14).
Reason Number 3: You want to rescue others, because God rescued you. Paul said Christ’s love made him want to join God’s rescue mission (see 2 Corinthians 5:14-15). Think about this: What would your life be like today without Christ? If you are glad that God lovingly invited you to be his child, then join him in inviting others to trust him. The more deeply you understand God’s love for you, the more you will want to help others find him.
Your mission is no secret. God’s Word is clear: You’re a spiritual superhero. And there’s nothing better you can be!
TALK: What great reasons do you have to tell others about Jesus?
PRAY: God, help us to be bold in telling others about you. Help us to remember all the great reasons we have to be spiritual superheroes.
ACT: Think about one person who needs to hear about God’s love, and make plans today to tell that person about it.
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