Scripture: James 5:19-20 19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
Devotional: Have you ever lost something that’s important to you?
I’ll never forget on the day of my mother’s funeral, when our precious cocker spaniel, Princess, bolted out the door as guests were making their way in and out. She was known to be a “runner” and we always had to be careful about guarding those openings. And run she did.
At that moment, I couldn’t bear another loss. And so, I hysterically ran out the door with all my might, determined that this dog would not be lost to me. I desperately searched the neighborhood, imagining all the horrible things that could happen to her. First on foot, and then driving around in the car, I combed every street and ally way until I finally found her. And relief and joy flooded my soul. I loved that stupid dog, and would have done anything to get her back.
As trite as my experience with my dog might seem, it is one that always connects me to this passage. As much as I loved my dog, that’s how much God loves you and me, and every other person created in His image. And exceedingly, abundantly more than that. More than you and I can imagine.
That is why James places such importance on chasing down the one who has wandered (or run) from the truth. Because God loves and values that person. And so must you.
- Who do you know, or who is God laying on your heart right now, that may need to be “brought back” home to God’s loving arms?
- What truth could you speak into their life to help facilitate that restoration? Remember this could mean the difference between eternal life and death.
- Consider inviting that person or persons to our Easter service at the Tyson.