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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A Life-Changing Encounter

John 1:35-42

Others play an essential role in each of our lives, just as Adam’s friend did for him. 

Take Peter for instance. Which passages come to mind when you hear his name? It’s unlikely the first place your mind goes is the first chapter of John. But that’s where Peter’s story really begins. Initially, we don’t meet him as Peter; instead his name is Simon. And we watch as Simon’s brother Andrew plays an essential role in his life.

Andrew had encountered the Lord Jesus and “He brought him (Simon) to Jesus” (v. 42). The ensuing encounter Simon had with the long-awaited Messiah not only resulted in a name change, it launched him on a new trajectory and eventually led Jesus to declare of Simon, “Upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” —Matthew 16:18 (NIV)

Who was the person in your life who first brought you to Jesus? Take a minute today to call, email or write that person to thank them. Who might God be inviting you to be that person for? Be bold and courageous. Reach out to them today with an invitation to get to know the Jesus you know – the Jesus who has forever changed your life.

Steve Stenstrom, President – Sports Spectrum 

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