Just a note: I have had to do some traveling to deal with family issues. This has disrupted the timing of my writing. I am hoping to catch up and get back on track within the next few days.
John 20:1-18; 2 Chronicles 31; Psalm 87
Defibrillators are amazing machines. When a person’s heart stops they can be used to send a jolt of electricity into the heart muscle that will cause it to start beating again. Defibrillators are standard equipment for sporting teams and in some states they are required to be on all school campuses. Pacemakers can even be equipped with defibrillators.
There are spiritual defibrillators also. No, you can’t buy them at the store. God sends them to people who are spiritually dead and need to have their relationship with Jesus started or restored. For me, it was a girl who looked at me and told me that she shouldn’t be going out with me because I wasn’t a Christian. That began the spiritual spark that later led to my commitment to Christ. For Peter, it was the rooster crowing after his third denial. Mary, in her grief at the death of Jesus, heard from the resurrected Jesus Himself. “Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’ She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means Teacher).” (John 20:16)
The Bible says that we are dead in our trespasses and sins until we enter into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. For most of us, that means we need a spiritual defibrillator to shock us back into facing God and our sin. If you are not walking with Christ at this point in time, what does God need to do to draw you to Himself? If you are walking with Christ, what does God need to do to keep that relationship strong and growing?
Lord speak to me. Draw me to You no matter what it takes. May I always walk with You under the guidance of Your grace.