Do not give up on a Child of God


Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

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I know this may sound weird and outlandish to say do not give up on the vilest of sinner and the darkest person that you may know in your home, church, school, work or community. In my world, I have seen and come to know evil and discontent to be the guiding light for most people.

As I have often known, that God looks on the heart and not the outward appearance.

I was born and raised in Jamaica and very early in my life, I had three girlfriends that life had taken us into various directions. Anyway, we are all here in the United States except for one.  The reason I mentioned this is that one of my friend, we grew up in the church together and we have always been together.

Eight years ago, I migrated from Jamaica to this land but we have always kept in touch.  Her father is a pastor and in my childhood days, I remembered that he was always on fire for Jesus.  I found that very attractive.  As a child, I would say I want that fire and I want to be sold-out to Jesus as he seemed.

Well that happened almost two years ago when I said enough is enough. I am tired of doing it my way.

I gave Jesus my all without looking back. While going through discipleship my dear friend was also going through some challenges and everything I learnt in my session I would say it back to her.

She wanted to serve God but….

Well I kept praying and I could clearly remember every time I go on the internet the Holy Spirit would nudge me to pray for my girlfriend.  In fact, that was how Prayer Works Café started on the internet. I was no longer on the train and I often sought the Lord about what to do and who to pray for?

One day the answer came in a question. Who is praying for these people on the internet? Pray for the persons who come up on you Facebook page.

There were moments in our relationship that I would literally get tired and I would not know how to encourage my dear friend to go on.  We prayed, we talked, we cried but there was something in me that told me that it is going to be different soon.

If you know me, you would know that soon for me meant right now, literally the next minute. Anything else would be like eternity.

Therefore, as you can imagine I sometimes was impatient with the process. In these precious moments God was still on the job.  He was working things out.

Weeks would sometimes go by and we would not speak but I would be praying.

It was about two months ago I called because the Holy Spirit said I should let her be an administrator within the group.

She accepted.

In the same breath she mentioned I just told God that I want to be sold out for his will. We prayed and laughed.

Today I thank God that I was not shortsighted in the Spirit and I did not give up on my friend.  Her life has become a true testimony for the Lord. God is awesome. Hearing her in the morning brings tears to my eyes. Thank you, Lord for her life…

Is there anyone you have given up on or about to give up on?

Is there anyone that you are thinking there is no grace to cover their sins…?

God looks on the heart and as I once heard see Jesus and the good in people and leave the rest to God. He does the changing and we are all children of God.

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