NMI Devotional

Say the Name, Jesus

Regardless of the reason for knocking on someone’s door the results are consistently rewarding. Recently Ron and I were in Milton-Freewater doing community surveys. A community survey is a series of several short questions that ask about a person’s involvement in religion, familiarity with the local Adventist church’s ministries, and their interest in studying the Bible.

We met an interesting man named Marvin who told us that he had visited the Jehovah’s Witness church, that he grew up Baptist, and that he wasn’t attending any church right now. He seemed confused about religious things. When we asked him if he thought his home was a Christian home he said, “Yes, I think so. I mean, we don’t cuss or drink, and we live a pretty decent life. I’m sure there are things we could do better, but we’re pretty good.”

You’d be surprised how many Christians claim to believe that salvation comes by grace through faith, but really believe they’re getting to haven by how “decent” a life they live.

At the end of our survey Ron shared the first lesson in a series of Bible studies and encouraged Marvin to read it through this week. He also offered to send a friend back next week to see what Marvin thought about the lesson.
“Oh, I don’t know about that,” Marvin said. “We’re just getting started with our lawn-care business for this year and we’re going to be pretty busy.”

“Just let us have your phone number and we’ll have our friend call you and work out a good time,” I encouraged.

We shared our thank-you book, and talked a little more. Then I told Marvin that our only agenda was to share our love for Jesus and our desire for Him to know Jesus better. When I mentioned Jesus’ name, Marvin seemed to soften and gave us his number. We talked a little more about the Bible, and I shared how studying the Bible can be life changing. Marvin responded, “I could use a life-change right now.” Then, as we were wrapping up, he said, “You can send your friend over sometime. I’m not making any promises, but you can send him over.”

We met Marvin’s nephew, Nick, at the very next home. Nick was searching to understand truth. He said he’d been reading a book that describes all the different religions, and he and a friend had been looking through a website where people from all religions hang out. We encouraged him to sign up for a Bible study so he could find out what truth is directly from the Bible, and he agreed!

Please pray for Marvin, Nick and their families. Very soon they could be studying the Bible and searching to know Jesus.

This house-to house labor, searching for souls, hunting for the lost sheep, is the most essential work that can be done.
Ellen G. White, Evangelism p. 431

God will impress those whose hearts are open to truth, and who are longing for guidance. He will say to His human agent, "Speak to this one or to that one of the love of Jesus." No sooner is the name of Jesus mentioned in love and tenderness than angels of God draw near, to soften and subdue the heart.
Ellen G. White, Manual for Canvassers, p. 37

Written by Jason Worf