THURSDAY, JANUARY 7
“Jesus responded, ‘Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham.’”
Luke 19:9 (NLT)
WHAT NOW? KEEP HELPING PEOPLE FIND THEIR WAY HOME
Years ago, Sohan Singh banned customers from his grocery store in England. He told a London newspaper that he was forced to take such drastic action because of people’s bad manners. First, he banned smoking, then crude language, baby strollers, pets and finally customers themselves. Shoppers now must look through the window to spot items they want and then ring a bell to be served through a small hatch in the door. “I have lost business, but I cannot say how much,” Singh said. “I am a man of principles, and I stand by my decision.” (Flagstaff Live)
It seems to me that a grocer who bans customers from his store has lost sight of his purpose! If your aim is to sell groceries, then you must put up with some people whom you may dislike in order to achieve your purpose. Just like that grocer, many churches have forgotten their Savior’s purpose: to seek and to save those who are lost.
Our purpose at Northstar church is “to help people find their way home.” I n Luke 19:9, Zacchaeus found his way home. Jesus declared him a “true son of Abraham.” Tax collectors were viewed as having forfeited their rights as Abraham’s children. His spontaneous act of repentance and repaying what he had taken revealed the work of grace in his heart, and proved that he was now a son of Abraham.
Has salvation come to your home? Do you remember when you were adopted into God’s family? If not, ask Jesus to come into your life today by repenting of your sin and confessing Him as Lord. What homes around you need to invite Jesus in? Pray for those families to find their way home this year.