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Slow Poppers

Daily Devotional for March 30, 2015

Read: Matthew 20:1-16; 1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9

Bible version changes do not affect the Key audio or "Today's Key Verse," below.

Lydia ran to the door as soon as she heard her mother come in. "Mom! Mom! That movie we put on hold at the library finally came in. Can we watch it tonight?"

"Sure," said Mom. "As long as you help me get dinner ready first."

They whipped up some spaghetti and meatballs and sat down to eat. "Lydia, I want you to start going over to the nursing home a few times a week to read to Grandma," said Mom. "I wish I could get over there more, but work is just too busy right now. I'll give you the book and Bible I've been reading to her so you can take over."

Lydia scowled. "The Bible? But she's not even a Christian! And she's really old. How could reading the Bible to her make any difference now?"

"Just because she's old doesn't mean it's too late for her to come to Jesus," said Mom. "We can't give up on her."

Once they cleared the table, Mom got out a big pan and put it on the stove. "How about some popcorn to go with our movie?" Lydia nodded eagerly and watched as Mom heated oil in the pan and added popcorn kernels. Pretty soon the kitchen was full of pops and cracks as the popcorn starting billowing up in the pan.

"I think it's done," said Lydia after a long string of popping noises came to an end.

"Not quite," said Mom. She waited another minute before turning off the heat, allowing more kernels to pop. "Some kernels pop right away, but others take longer before they're ready. You don't want to give up on them too quickly." She paused and looked at Lydia. "Just like Grandma. The Bible tells us that no matter how young or old someone is, when they decide to trust in Jesus, they become a new person, just like these hard little kernels become soft, delicious popcorn. We need to do all we can to share the gospel with Grandma because she may not have much time left."

Lydia took a handful of popcorn from the pan. "Okay, I'll go read to her. And I'll pray that hearing God's Word will make her pop into a Christian!"

Have you ever thought it was too late for someone to be saved? Some people trust in Jesus as soon as they hear the gospel, but others take a long time before they believe. God wants everyone to go to heaven, so He’s patient with those who continue to run away from Him. We need to be patient, too, and continue to share the gospel and pray for those who aren’t Christians. No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to believe in Jesus.

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Matthew 20:14 (KJV)
I wish to give this last man the same as to you.
*Verse displayed is NKJV

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