Movin’ Up

I have a friend who is a successful businessman. He’s successful in many ways. He’s an upstanding citizen in his community and when Wayne told me his story of how he found the Lord he used a phrase I love. He said before he truly gave his life over to God, “I had a relationship with the church, but not with Jesus Christ.”

He went to church for years without understanding that there was another level – that of having an intimate relationship with God through Jesus. He decided to go to Promise Keepers event one year, and it was there he truly felt a conviction for his sins. The next Sunday at a different church service, he made the decision to accept Jesus into his life as His Savior!

Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If not, why don’t you do it today? Romans 10:10 says, “For it is with your heart that you believe and are set right with God – and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

Tell Jesus that you believe He is God’s Son. Thank Him for dying on the cross in your place, for forgiving your sins and setting you free. Praise Him for the free gift of eternal life and start serving Jesus Christ today! It’s the most important and BEST decision you will ever make!

Willing Hearts

Some Christians think that they can’t really serve the Lord unless they move to a foreign country. But although some people are called to this, as I was, not everyone is meant to go overseas. The main thing God wants from us is open hearts, ready and willing to serve Him no matter where we are.

Marsha wrote and told me that the Lord has put a burden on her heart for students and all young people. She wants to teach them how to live functional, God-honoring lives. Because of where she lives, she is around many kids who come from very dysfunctional families.
Her heart breaks when she sees these kids with nowhere to go for help. So Marsha’s goal is to start a ministry that will reach these young people, teaching them that Jesus Christ can answer all their needs.

What I love about Marsha’s story is that she’s ministering in the place that God has put her, a difficult, difficult area, and is following the burden on her heart. Romans 12:6 says, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.”

What are your gifts, and what tugs at your heart? Whatever it is, ask God to help you move in that direction, to bring hope and healing to the brokenhearted through Jesus Christ and the Holy Word of God, the Bible.