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Devotional for Friday, March 27, 2015
Today's Prayer Note from The Navigators:

The Navigators - Europe
Please pray for Navigators teaching and discipling in countries throughout Europe. Pray for hearts to be open to the love of Christ.

A Picture of Grace

Today's Scripture: Ezekiel 12-15
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There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. - John 1:6-7

Years ago I was asked to lead a daily vacation Bible school program, so I began to look around for some means of making the gospel clear to the kids. One elderly lady suggested I use a flannelgraph, and she showed me how to explain the gospel in pictures. It was a smashing success, as thirteen children and three teachers came to Christ.

Now, the use of visual aids is not a new idea. In fact, God was using the concept in Ezekiel's time to get people's attention and communicate His message. In Ezekiel 12:3, the Lord said to Ezekiel, "Therefore, son of man, pack your belongings for exile and in the daytime, as they watch, set out and go from where you are to another place. Perhaps they will understand, though they are a rebellious house." The Lord had him pack his belongings, leave his home, dig through a wall, tremble as he ate his food, and shudder in fear as he drank his water--all to foretell the confusion and fear that was about to come on the people.

When it comes to visual aids, the Lord can use anything. But the most effective visual aid is the godly life of the believer. Friends of ours lost their nine-year-old son to leukemia. After the funeral, they went away to a mountain lodge. One morning at breakfast, a woman pressed them about what they'd been through. She was astounded by their peace and confidence in God. "I want to know why you don't hate God," she said.

You see, when you and I show peace, joy, purpose, and contentment--all those things the world craves--we are demonstrating the truth of the gospel and the power of God.

Prayer

Lord, let my life be a picture of Your love and grace. Amen.

To Ponder

Our lives are the best visual aid some people will ever see.


The text for this devotional comes from the NavPress book Daily Discipleship, which features devotionals taken from radio broadcasts by long-time Navigator LeRoy Eims. For more information or to order a copy, visit the NavPress website.

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