"A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous."
Carol and I have four grandchildren who are a significant part of our lives. Being a "good man," I want to leave them an inheritance. It is easy to think of an inheritance as money, land or some other physical possession, but as a follower of Jesus Christ, I know there is an inheritance much more significant than those perishable things.
Father, more than leaving our heirs an inheritance from this world, we want them to inherit eternal life. Please, may they be among those You have given to Jesus. May their portion be the One who is trustworthy. We want our faithfulness to You to be an example to them of what we truly value.
"Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged."
The Holy Spirit is the One who can and does convict of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
From my experience, there are two ways for people's behavior to change; externally and internally. People can and do change their behavior. When I was a pastor, I often observed a change of language and activities as I got closer to a group. I would hear and see what was going on but when I joined in, most times that behavior changed because of their perception of who I was as a pastor. This is an example of external change because as soon as I left, I suspect they reverted to their previous behavior.
Internal change comes from having a change of heart. In Deuteronomy 29:4, Moses tells the Israelites that "to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear." The LORD is the one who changes hearts.
When I realized these truths, it altered the way I dealt with people. I used to think I was to be the convicting agent, but I'm not. As a believer, I am to reason with people using God's Word as the tool, but I am to trust the Holy Spirit who alone changes hearts. This change of attitude freed me not only to love but also to be non-judgemental at the same time.
In Acts, God used those in whom His Spirit dwelt as the instrument to bring whomever He willed to Himself. It is a solemn, almost overwhelming, thought that the HolySpirit would use me in this way.
Holy Spirit, thank You for bearing witness of Jesus and using me in the process. Spirit of Truth, please teach me how to use Your Words as I reason and testify about the One You make known. I want to know all the Father would have me understand for His glory and the good of His children.