Daily Devotion Friday, 03/10/2023
Title: How Canning Veggies is like Preaching the Gospel
Scripture: "And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation." - Mark 16:15 (ESV)
Illustration: Canning vegetables preserve the freshness and goodness of fresh produce by sealing it in a jar. Just as canning involves preparing the vegetables, cleaning, and sterilizing the jars, filling them with the vegetables, and then sealing them tight, preaching the Gospel also involves a process of preparation, purification, filling, and sealing.
As Christians, we are called to go into the world and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to everyone we meet. Just like canning, it requires preparation, patience, and perseverance.
"Preach the gospel at all times. When necessary, use words." - St. Francis of Assisi
"The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time." - Carl F. H. Henry
"The gospel is the power of God unto salvation." - Romans 1:16
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of Salvation through your son, Jesus Christ. Help us to share this good news with everyone we meet, just as we preserve the goodness of fresh produce through canning. May we prepare our hearts and minds, purify our motives, fill ourselves with your word and Holy Spirit, and seal our commitment to sharing the Gospel with others. May your light shine through us; many know you through our witness. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
Altar Call: If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I invite you to do so today. Just as canning preserves the goodness of fresh produce, accepting Jesus as your Savior preserves your Soul for eternity. If you would like to make this commitment today, please pray with me:
"Dear Jesus, I confess I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. You died for my sins and rose again. I ask you to come into my life and be my Lord and Savior. Thank you for Saving me.
In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen." If you prayed this prayer, don't hesitate to contact a Christian friend or pastor for support and guidance in your new Faith journey.