April 29 Devotional

Nothing is quite so convicting as knowing that other people’s eternal destiny in partly your responsibility.  We know that none of us can “save” another person … we cannot even save ourselves.  What we do have is a responsibility to tell others who have not heard about the way to Heaven that we have found.  We must understand that most of our lives are spent looking out for ourselves, while ignoring the needs of those around us.  We have become a very self-centered people.  Today I want you to consider the great responsibility you have to those around you, and encourage you to take your eyes off yourself, and consider the needs of others.


Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18).  Simply stated … without someone having a vision, there will be people who perish.  Immediately my mind runs to the importance of having a vision for the souls of men/women in sharing the Gospel, but the truth of this verse goes far beyond that.  We as believers need to get a glimpse of the things that are most important to our God.  We need to get a “heavenly outlook” rather than the one we normally have … simply looking at what we want and need.


I was cutting grass a few days ago and was hurrying to finish.  I was so focused on the grass in front of me that I was startled to feel a pain on my face and something striking my face.  I immediately stopped, but not in time to avoid a stick hanging down from a tree.  I was so intent on the grass in front of me, I missed the danger of the stick that scratched my face and caused some pain.  I now wear two large scratches on my face as a reminder of my lack of vision.


This is a reminder to me of the danger of becoming so focused on what we are facing that we forget that those outside of the love and forgiveness of Christ will suffer the pain and anguish of Hell for eternity!  I don’t want to lose sight of that today.  It is interesting that in this verse it clearly states that if we are a people of vision we are also keeping the law.  I want to be obedient to the Word of God, and I want to have a vision for the things God wants me to do today.  Don’t fall prey to the traps of the flesh today and focus on yourself and your desires.  Give God first place and live sold out to attaining the vision He has given you to accomplish with your life.  We have one life, and God has a plan for us.  Use your day to His glory today!


One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.” – Peter Marshall