Remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.— James 5:20
In 1994, The New York Times reported that graffiti from the 1800s was discovered by workers renovating the Washington Monument. It was quite a different tone from much of the graffiti found today on walls, railcars, and street signs. Here’s what it said:
Whoever is the human instrument under God in the conversion of one soul, erects a monument to his own memory more lofty and enduing [sic] than this.
The inscription was signed with the initials, BFB. No one knows who that is, but this anonymous author’s words can now be seen by the thousands who visit the monument each year.
Though written so long ago, those words ring very true today… and they’re at the heart of today’s verse. Whoever God uses to turn people away from their sin and toward a faith relationship with Jesus Christ makes an impact on eternity!
Perhaps today, there are people in your life who you can point toward Christ. Maybe they live nearby, shop at the same store as you, or you see them in your daily routine. Whoever it is, God wants to use you to tell them about Jesus. And when you do, you can be confident that you’ve made an impact that will last longer than any monument ever built!
Ask God to show you people in your life who need to hear about Jesus. Pray that you would be open to being used by Him to impact eternity!
Questions for thought
When you see someone who is clearly not following Jesus, what do you think about them? How could you make your thoughts and actions more like Christ’s?
Do you truly believe that God could use your loving actions to turn someone away from their sin?