|Bring People to Jesus
By Greg Sanders
Matthew 15:30 A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all.
Have you ever had the thought that you attract problems? Perhaps you have a moment where you were convinced that something is wrong with you because people with issues are always wanting to be your friend. If so, you are in good company. Jesus was bombarded with people with real issues. Fortunately for these injured people there was a concerned crowd of people that made sure they found their way to Jesus.
As a believer, you are not required to solve everyone’s problems on our own. You don’t always have to know the solution or have an answer. There are two major players in people’s needs being met in this passage. The first player was Jesus. No one can heal like He heals. Nothing can change a person’s life like He can change a life. The good news is that Jesus is still available. He is readily available to meet anyone’s needs who will come to Him.
The second player in the passage is the crowd. The crowd is made up of all kinds of people. Some were disciples of Jesus, some were doubters who came to watch and others were simply curious folks looking for hope. However, the crowd did something that only they could do. The crowd went out and found people with issues and brought them to Jesus. The truth is you can give someone something better then an answer, you can give him or her Jesus.
The crowd reminds us that you don’t have to be an expert to be used in the process of bringing hope and life to others. All that is required is that you bring them to Jesus. Below is a list of how you can bring someone to Jesus today.
• Bring People to Jesus with prayer.
You can bring someone to Jesus through prayer long before you have an opportunity to speak to him or her personally. Distance is no deterrent to bringing people to Jesus in prayer.
• Bring people to Jesus with hope.
God can use your conversations that are seasoned with the hope of God’s word to bring hope to someone in need. Your words can ignite faith and challenge them to believe God beyond what they see or experience.
• Bring people to Jesus through caring concern.
Notice that though people did bring people to Jesus, they did not have to travel far. He made himself available and in the next few verses you see where He was genuinely concerned for their needs. Your love and concern may be the healing someone needs to experience the help of God.
Today’s Challenge: You may feel like you are just a number in the crowd. However, remember that God used the crowd to deliver healing to the hurting. Ask God to use your life to draw people to Jesus today.