A young boy was invited to Vacation Bible School by some kids in his neighborhood. He loved it. And for 400 Sundays after that, he went back to the very same church for Sunday school class, faithfully picked up each week by the same bus driver.
Week after week, he attended church without making a commitment to Christ. Finally, during his senior year in high school, after being picked up more than 400 times by the bus driver, the boy committed his life to Christ. That boy, Norman Geisler, grew up to be one of the most influential Christian thinkers of our day.
What if the bus driver had given up on Geisler after 395 rides to church? What if he thought, "This kid is going nowhere spiritually. Why waste any more time on him?"
Stories like Geisler's illustrate a very powerful truth: As believers, we can't give up hope that someone may turn his heart to Christ, even if it seems hopeless. That’s because we never know when and how God may reach a person and grant him or her the gift of faith.
Perhaps today there are people in your life who seem like they may never turn to Christ. Don't give up! Pray for them, continually share Christ, and show them God's love. Stay persistent in ministering to others because God may just bend the most unlikely knee to Himself!
Pray and ask God to give you persistence in praying for, sharing Christ with, and loving those who seem least likely to turn to Him.
Questions for Thought
If you were to think of people who you believe are unlikely to ever turn to Christ, who would you place in that category?
How does the truth that God is the One who draws people to Himself give you hope for even the most hardened person?