Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you. Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
Written by: Kyle Glenn
There have been times in my life when I thought someone I knew would never meet Jesus. I refused to share with them, and I made excuses for them. The good news is this: God is more gracious than I am. God loves better than I do.
Jonah had a preferred future in his mind for the city of Nineveh, and it was unmerciful. He never thought that an evil and ruthless king would repent, and he had already rejected God’s grace for them. He was their “no.” Fortunately, God overcame Jonah’s hard heart and saved an entire city.
God cares more about saving a person than He does about how I feel about Him saving. My disobedience is not going to thwart the mission of God. He will be patient with me and will ask me a second time, and sometimes a third and a fourth time. In the end, God’s plans will win the day, not mine. God invites you and me into His story of saving people we know: friends, family, neighbors, and even our enemies.
When it comes to helping people meet Jesus, do not be someone’s “no.” Our role is to pray and invite, and then trust God with the rest.
Thought of the day: Who is God calling you to invite, maybe for a second time? Offer to meet them in the lobby and sit together, or possibly go to a meal before or after the service. Be available and willing and then trust God with the rest.
Prayer: God, help me to see people as You see them. Remove any excuses and reasons I have and give me Your grace and love for people. Amen.