Keep it simple!
Week beginning: 24th February, 2019 | By Graham Whitworth | Sunbury-on-Thames
Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.Mark 10:15 (NIV)
Children had been kept away from Jesus by His own disciples. How wrong they were! Jesus not only welcomed children, but also expected anyone wanting to enter the Kingdom of God to receive it like a child.
We lawyers are sophisticated and accustomed to argument. We spend much of our time with similar people. Do we complicate the Gospel, lest we insult their intelligence? Do we try to argue them into becoming Christians?
We belong to the LCF because we believe the Gospel is for lawyers. It certainly is, but it is also for road sweepers, factory workers, the unemployed, people with learning disabilities, in fact everyone – the same Gospel. It calls for a simple, child-like trust in Jesus as Saviour and Lord.
Around us there may be a greater hunger for Gospel truth than we realise, especially at this time of uncertainty. Why not see people you meet this week not as opponents against whom you need to argue your case but, as Jesus did, "like sheep without a shepherd" (Matthew 9:36)? Then see yourself, not as someone who stands little chance of persuading others, but as a bearer of good news which is "the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes" (Romans 1:16).
1. Ask God to lead you this week to non-Christians who are not looking for an argument but are genuinely seeking what only Jesus can give, and to enable you to communicate the simplicity of the Gospel message.
2. Pray for God to use the current uncertainty in the life of our nation to increase people's openness to the Gospel.
3. Faced with the pressures of studying law or the demands of the legal profession, ask God for help to keep trusting Him in a child-like way.