Different Ways

My child, each person must come to Me in their own way.
There are no hard and fast rules.
Recall my healings down on earth.
They were quite different!
People changed by my ministry were dissimilar.
Lives changed by My Word and the Holy Spirit
are not all the same.

A willing heart is what I require.
Peter, with his faults and failures became a great leader.
John did his greatest work on the Isle of Patmos
while he was a prisoner

and wrote the book of Revelation.
Paul, who once persecuted and killed Christians,
authored many books
 in the New Testament.
There are no hard and fast rules in my kingdom.
I only ask you to follow my leading and guiding each day.
Learn to pray and love others with the love I give you.

This particular day I was praying for some of our extended family and the Lord made me realize there are great differences in people. There are some children who accept the Lord at a very young age and consistently walk with Him. Yet, others often wait until there is a crisis in their lives before they make a complete surrender to Christ. My uncle only accepted the Lord when he was dying in the hospital. Even at that late hour, God accepts those who come to Him.

In Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) it says, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” As one of my co-workers often said the scripture does not tell us how old he might be when he comes back to the Way.

In the story of the Prodigal Son we see this teaching come alive and the Father was waiting with arms outstretched. Those passages bring great comfort to my heart.

About Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose is a retired marriage and family therapist and speaks on subjects related to prayer, spirituality, marriage and mental health. She travels throughout North America and one of her favorite subjects is "listening to God" through scripture, sermons and the still, inaudible voice of the Holy Spirit. She writes a weekly devotional called listeningtohear.wordpress.com
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1 Response to Different Ways

  1. Bob Hunter says:

    Good comments, Rose, on how people come to Jesus in different ways! Coincidentally in our Bible reading this morning, my family read a section in Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology in which he considers how Christians have different gifts and use them in different ways. We come to Jesus differently and we minister for him differently.


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