Since I’ve already shared one verse from my reading this morning, as a comment to Ron’s Bible reading post, here’s another from that same chapter, that also spoke to my heart, as I fulfill the Daily Nudge to share a verse from my Bible reading today.
Luke 1:16: “He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God” (NET).
The text speaks of John the immersor. By his turning is meant that he would, through his preaching, cause many to repent. John, like Jesus, was sent to the “lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt 15:24) for his mission of preparing the people for the coming of the Lord (Luke 1:17b). For Luke, repentance stands for man’s whole response to the gospel (24:47) as an appropriate synecdoche. The proper goal of repentance is “to the Lord their God” (Acts 20:21; 26:20), since he is the Holy One who has been offended by our sin and to whom we must now respond by assuming, through the sacrifice of Christ, the sanctified life.
The Lord will come again, this time, not to save, “but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him” (Heb 9:28 NLT). To Christians has been given the task of turning many in the world to the Lord God. The field is the world and Christians are the seed who have been scattered in this field for the work of God (Matt 13:38).
I pray that the Lord will use me to “turn many” to the Lord. I pray he will raise up many workers for the harvest (Luke 10:2), to “turn many” to salvation. I pray all we do will contribute to “turn many” to receive the Lord now for eternal salvation, so they may be among those who eagerly await his appearing.