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“Lazarus, come out!” People love this line from scripture, for Jesus has proven his authority, even over the dead. And yet, if you read the whole story, you know that Jesus could have possibly intervened before Lazarus died. So why the intentional delay? When Jesus learns of His friend’s illness, He says, “This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Jesus fully intends to use the despair surrounding Lazarus’s death to create more conversion.

Even in death, Lazarus has been empowered! How often do we only feel empowered when things are going well? In our darker moments, we feel abandoned, not empowered. In our discipleship, we must learn to see ALL of our circumstances as opportunities for conversion — for ourselves AND for others. Lazarus coming out of the tomb did not change his heart, he already loved Jesus deeply. Jesus brought Lazarus out of the tomb to convert the many townspeople who were there grieving. Today, make a prayer offering your entire self to Jesus. Allow Him to use you in all of your circumstances to bring others closer to Himself.