January 9, 2023

Point of No Return

saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. Luke 19:42

What is important to you?  What really matters to you in this life?  I know we each would have a different answer to this question.  Some may say family, others might answer their faith.  Some would even say their career, wealth or their pet The bottom line is that most people would probably say it was a relationship of some kind.  A family member, friend, spouse or child?  When it get right down to top priorities, few people would name a thing or place over a personal relationship.

The scripture reading today is about Jesus lamenting over Jerusalem.  In other accounts of this event, it actually says that Jesus wept over the city.  The heading of the passage says: Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem.  Why?  Why was Jesus weeping over a city?  Well, to start to understand this passage, the first thing to point out is that Jesus was not crying about buildings and city street.  He was hurting for the people of the city.  In today’s reading, He is sorrowful because they did not have peace and there is none coming in their future at that time.  He knew that because of the prophecy that the city would be leveled by their enemies, not many years from that time.  His desire was that they would receive Him as their Messiah and things would have turned out differently for the people of Jerusalem.  This passage took place the week before His crucifixion, and He knew that they were about to come to the point of no return.

Even though, there was no change in the heart of the people of Jerusalem back then, there is hope for us today.  Yet how many of us weep over the souls of the people that we love that are lost, dying and on their way to eternal separation from a loving heavenly Father?  How much time have we spent on our knees praying for the right person to come into their life that will reach their soul.  How many hours praying for the wisdom of that person, regardless of if it is us or if we can be that person for someone else that is praying for their loved one to be reached. Are we even considering the part we play in someone’s eternal destiny? 

Today I want to encourage you to make a new commitment this year to add a few more minutes each week to your prayer time and specifically pray for your lost loved ones and those around you that you can encourage that someone is praying for.  It can only make things better.  At minimum it will make you more aware and more sensitive when God’s Spirit may be tapping you on the shoulder to let someone know He is ready to receive them into a personal relationship with Him.  Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers to your lost loved ones and then pray that you would be a laborer too.  Make a fresh start this year on your commitment to bringing people into God’s family and kingdom before we reach the point of no return in this age.  Then you will be working on what really matters in this life and that is rescuing perishing people of the world.

Today’s scripture reading: Luke 19:41-44

41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, 

42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 

43 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, 

44 and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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