A friend once asked me an interesting question. When a doctor performs a surgery and it goes well, Do you praise the doctor for how amazing he is? Or do you praise his tools? Obviously the answer is the doctor. Each of us is a tool in God's tool bag that he uses to bring other people to him. What an awesome privilege to be used by God to bring others to Jesus.
For the next few weeks I will be in Macon, GA preaching an evangelistic series and inviting people to give their lives to Jesus. I recognize that if there is any success its because God is out there every night - in the clubs, bars, street corners, drug houses and brothels softening hearts and drawing lost sheep to himself. He loves his kids and he is willing to go to any length to save them. As I go into this evangelistic series my prayer is that God would use me to lead others to Jesus. Not religion. Not rules. Not Bible data. Not prophetic scenarios. Not denomination. Jesus. If only we could all see him, high and lifted up, and realize that all he wants is to have an intimate relationship with each of us that surpasses even the intimacy of marriage, I wonder what would happen?
So here's to it. I'll be back in four weeks. Till then, pray that God would use me to introduce people to Jesus.
"[Y]ou were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ..." - 1 Peter 1:18-19
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16
Nothing short of God can satisfy your soul. Therefore, fix on Him in all, through all, and above all... - John Wesley, How To Pray
"The matchless love of God for a world that did not love Him!... The more we study the divine character in the light of the cross... the more clearly we discern innumerable evidences of a love that is infinite and a tender pity surpassing a mother's yearning sympathy for her wayward child" - Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ
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