Can You See?
This week's focus: Obedience
Focus is important if we want to succeed in life. We need to be intentional about what we see and make sure we are focusing on what is important.
During the swim portion of a triathlon, I felt something hit me on my foot, not once but twice. I looked up to see a volunteer on a kayak who was shouting at me. He told me to stop and hold on to his kayak then he said, “Can you see?
I didn’t respond right away because I wondered why he would ask me this question when he continued, “The shore is that way,” as he pointed to the right, “and you are swimming to the left. You’re going the wrong way.”
I tend to swim to the left on a good day, and with the waves encouraging my already bad habit, he was right—I was way off course. The funny thing is that I thought I was swimming straight and would have kept on going if he hadn’t taken the time to stop me and show me the way. I’m so thankful he pointed me in the right direction and was intentional and determined to help me. He must have been yelling at me for a while before he finally had to hit me with his paddle! I’m glad he didn’t give up until he knew that I saw and heard him. He did his part, and then it was up to me to listen and obey his good advice.
As Christians, we should be like the kayaker and be intentional in seeking the spiritually lost and pointing them in the right direction. It’s not our responsibility to convince others, but like the man on the kayak, we are to simply tell the truth. He didn’t jump into the water and force me to swim to the safety of the shore; that wasn’t his job. He got my attention, warned me, and then told me what I needed to do. That is all that is required of us.
by: Jennifer McAlister, Communications, My Faith Votes
"There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death."
Pray: Dear Jesus, thank you for doing whatever it took to save us. You modeled obedience, love, and sacrifice for us, and for that, we are eternally grateful. Lord, we ask for an extra measure of boldness and a sense of urgency to do all that we can to point people to You.
Think: Our part is to obey God and leave the results up to Him.
Act: To keep our nation “swimming” in the right direction, we, too, must point people in the right direction. One way is to encourage others to vote for biblical values. Did you know that a third of the Christians who attend your church are unlikely to vote in the midterm election November 8? That’s a huge, missed opportunity to apply biblical values when choosing the people and policies governing our nation, states, and local communities. Ask your pastor if they would increase the number of Christians in your church who vote by participating in My Faith Votes Sunday. Here are three things they can do during the service(s) on Sunday, November 6.
- Play a video - During your worship service(s) play the “Do Good. Go Vote.” video from My Faith Votes. In just 30 seconds it explains the importance of Christians voting their biblical values and the difference they’ll make when they do.
- Ask for a commitment – After the video, ask the people in your congregation to commit to voting according to their faith in the election on November 8.
- Ask for prayer - Invite the congregation to pray for the election and stream the My Faith Votes Prayer Event Monday evening November 7 at 8PM ET. https://www.myfaithvotes.live
If your pastor agrees, they can learn more about the program and download resources they’ll need by clicking this link https://myfaithvotes.org/sunday
We want to see God honored in America, and we pray for an unprecedented spiritual awakening.
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