My sister is the most important person in the world to me. I would do absolutely anything for her. Sadly, ever since I moved to Australia I have inadvertently turned a blind eye to my sister’s faith. God then convicted my heart late last year. He showed me while I am reaching out to the people here – strangers, friends – I am also neglecting the “most important” person in my life. It broke my heart and I contacted my sister soon after to talk to her about her faith.
What I found out broke my heart even more. She has never heard of the sinner’s prayer and when I explained to her what it was and invited her to say it; her response was “why in the world would I want to do that?” I left the conversation feeling dejected. I could not imagine living a life of eternity without her. At that moment, I decided in my heart to be more intentional with sharing about God’s goodness and love to her. I prayed fervently for her salvation. I fasted (fasting has always been a struggle for me). I sought the prayers of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. I knew I had a mission when I went back for the Chinese New Year holidays early this year. It was not to eat as much as I can or even just to spend time catching up with people – but it is to preach the gospel to my sister.
I arrived home all ready to do so but when I tried to bring the subject of faith up with her, she closed up and changed the subject. I let it go; afraid I would push her too hard and shut her off even more. Days passed and my departure date is drawing nearer. I decided to ask her again – if she wanted to say the sinner’s prayer and accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour into her life. To my surprise, she said she’s already done it. I was in shock. What?! When?! How?! She said my questions made her stop to think and consider her faith and her walk with God. She talked to Him on her own and accepted Him into her life.
Friends, God showed me that ultimately He is the One that convicts. He is the One that saves. All we have to do is to be faithful in prayer and be obedient to His promptings. We have this wonderful privilege to partner with Him to be a part of someone’s salvation story. He doesn’t need us but He chose to let us be a part of it. For those of you who are believing for the salvation of a loved one, I just want to encourage you not to give up. God hears our prayers. He really does and He loves them more than we can ever imagine.
2 Timothy 1:9-10 (NLT) For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Saviour. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.
Su Ann Chan
UQ10, St Lucia Afternoon Service