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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.”—Luke 19:37 (NLT)
They say seeing is believing. Some people have this innate ability to believe without seeing. I’m one of those people. For instance, I have renewed hope every year that the Dolphins will break through and make the playoffs. But others really do need to see to believe.
The Jewish people in Jesus’ day were, for the most part, in the second category. They constantly asked for signs and miracles. Luke 19:37 and John 2:23 record two instances where the people believed and praised God because of all the miracles they’d seen Jesus perform.
You know, I’ve heard many Christians say, “Evangelism would be so much easier if God could just do a miracle so people could see with their eyes!” Well, I’m here to tell you that you are a miracle of Christ. You, Christian, are the evidence of Christ’s work, of His miraculous power. Your testimony is proof of His grace, love, and salvation.
I don’t come from a long line of believers. In fact, my immediate family was only saved a few years before I was born. And before my dad was saved, he was an alcoholic, smoker, and womanizer. He was not a good husband, nor a good example to my brother and sister. But, miraculously, my sister came to know Christ. Then, through her, my brother and mother came to know Him.
Finally, one night, my father came home drunk, smelling of cigarettes. My sister waited up to help him as he stumbled through the door. She took him to the bathroom and he closed the door. He says he just sat in there, at the end of his rope, and asked God to change him, to take this all away and make him a new person. And all of a sudden, he felt a tingling feeling shooting up his body and all of sudden, the drunkenness was gone!
He came out of the bathroom and told my sister what happened, and he received Jesus. But that wasn’t the real miracle . . . the real miracle was the life change that has taken place since then. He became a new person: faithful, generous, selfless, no longer a smoker, alcoholic, or womanizer. Jesus changed him. And He’s changed you and me, too!
Our stories may not be as crazy as my dad’s, but that doesn’t change the miracle of Christ renewing us, making us sinners into saints through His grace! You are a miracle of His work. Always remember that.
DIG: When was the last time you believed something without physically seeing it? When was the last time you needed to see before believing?
DISCOVER: Have you ever thought of your testimony as a miracle? If not, why?
DISPLAY: Write down your testimony. Sometimes it helps us see the work of Christ in our lives more clearly when we have to sit and recall the details to write it down.
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.