How is your new week going? I have been thinking about what it feels like to be the first Christian in your family. Does it feel exciting or frustrating? Are there things that you have to contend with? Is it easy for you to chat about the teachings of Christ with your families? Or do you try and preach to them and they completely disregard you?
Do you have relatives that believe in the Christian faith but they live contrary to the teachings of Christ? How does it make you feel? I'd like to share 4 things for you to consider when it comes to your unsaved family members.
1) Use Acts 26:18 to pray for them on a regular basis. Acts 26:18 says "Open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in Christ.”
2) Never give up praying for them. It is the Holy Spirit that convicts people of their sins. John 16:8 says that "The Holy Spirit will come and show the people of this world the truth about sin and righteousness, and judgement."
3) You can also ask God to send daily opportunities for them to hear the gospel or to be convicted of their sins so that they can turn away from their sins and turn to God. The Holy Spirit that stirred the heart of the prodigal son to come back to God after living a reckless life, can stir the heart of your unsaved family members back to God.
To read the story of the prodigal son/the parable of the lost son where Christ showed us His heart towards those that have strayed from His path, please click here.
4) Show them the love of God. Let them see the beauty of living a life for Christ on this earth through you. It's about how you are living more than what you say. The principle in 1 Peter 3:1-2 can be applied to unsaved family members. Let your behaviour show them that you are a Christian; they may be won over to Christ by your conduct.
Finally, remember that they are watching you and whilst they may be living a life that is contrary to the teachings of Christ, they may be very quick to say to you "I thought you are a Christian, you should do this..."
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Yours in Christ,
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Asking God to send them daily opportunities to hear the gospel. Thank you Funke for this ❤ReplyDelete
You're welcome. Thank you for stopping by.Delete
Praying daily for themDelete
Yes. It shows how much we care as we pray daily for them.Delete
So wonderfully spoken. Love your insights and encouragement within.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Paula.Delete