“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “ LORD, who has believed our report?” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Romans 10:14-17 NKJV
I am a failure. When look back at my life, I see so many things I did not quite accomplish. Every step of the way, I struggled and fell short. I never gave up trying, even though I often took two steps forward and one back. I carried the weight of so many struggles, and was slowed, often to a crawl.
At some point God began to send people into my life to remind me of His Son Jesus. My mother was the first, asking me daily if I prayed, or if I had read my bible. Then He sent a myriad of others to bring the Gospel to me, the story of the God/Man Jesus Christ who came to earth to die for my sins.
Those witnesses were crucial to drawing me, as the world had all but stopped up my ears. I could not hear the whispers of God, softly wooing me. I resisted at every turn. Had it not been for those voices, sharing the message of the Gospel in words and deeds, I would have been lost forever, constantly in pain, and bound for hell.
In my life as a Christian, I have felt the compulsion to share the truth of a great salvation, of the story of how my life went from failure in this world, to success in the economy of God. As He has broken me, He has exalted me, as I have been bowed low, I rise in spirit, and I find no higher place than when I am on my knees.
Made new in Jesus, He has healed my wounds, mended my broken heart, and pressed me into the service of sharing the Good News to all who will hear. I remember when I had great pride in my paltry accomplishments. Life has taken all of those away, but Jesus has provided me a better thing, gained not by my might, but by His grace. I take the testimony of my life and share it with others, that they see the glory of God.
Brothers and sisters, take this message to the people around you. I rejoice in my failures, for they show the power of God and His infinite grace. Too often, we fail to share the story of the past darkness that the light of Christ has banished. As a result, the world looks upon us as a bunch of “goody two shoes” , instead of the wretches that we truly were before Jesus saved us. People need to hear the truth.
God chose to use us to bring the Gospel, faulty people bringing the most important message of all time.
“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.”
I Corinthians 15:3-5 NKJV
Believers, God has given us a prolonged opportunity to share the Gospel as never before. People are afraid and life seems to be unsteady with no change in sight. I believe people are considering eternal things as mortality is a concern for many. I am sure some are wondering where they go when they die. We have been given the answer.
Let us bring Gospel so that all may hear. May we move our beautiful feet forward, seeking souls closest hell. Go forth today and serve your King!
“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
Philippians 3:7-11 NKJV
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You are a blessing Bernie!.
1 Corinthians 15:10-11 (ESV) 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
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