Day 5: Unopened Gift

Read: Start by reading John 1:10–11 out loud a few times. 

“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him” (John 1:10–11 NIV).

Meditate: Jesus came at a time like today when the world needed to hear a message of hope. When Jesus went to His hometown, He used a reference from Isaiah to explain the gift He came to offer the world,

“‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor’” (Luke 4:18–19 NIV).

Unfortunately, many would not accept this most precious gift that Jesus offered. His gift of salvation, which gives freedom and recovery, remains unopened by many. Some people choose not to open the gift by rejecting His message, but there are others who have never heard about Jesus. As Christian women, it is imperative that we have confidence to share this gift of hope with others.

 Read John 1:10–11 again, and prayerfully ask Him to give you boldness to share His message today.

Here is a simple way to share your salvation story: 

  • In a couple of sentences, say out loud what your life was like before you became a Christian.
  • Now, say in a sentence or two why you decided to follow Jesus and how it happened.
  • Finally, say a few sentences about how your life has changed since you started following Jesus.
  • Practice saying this message a few times.

 Notice: Have you ever noticed that within some families there are often those who avoid talking to one another about God? They choose carefully what topics they will discuss and may even tease or make fun of those who begin to talk about faith. 

“Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.’ He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith” (Mark 6:4–6 NIV). Know that Jesus experienced rejection in His own hometown, and we can expect the same. Rather than being discouraged by this, we can make it a matter of prayer.

Pray: Think of a family member or a relative who is not experiencing God’s gift of salvation. Pray that he or she will come to a saving relationship with Jesus. Ask God to give you an opportunity to share a short testimony with someone today.