Last week I was listening to a sermon by C.H. Spurgeon and he told a story about my favorite missionary, Adoniram Judson.
It was told that after 30 years, Bro. Judson had returned for the first time from the field and was asked to speak at an assembly. He agreed and at the service he rose to the platform and spoke for 15 minutes.
Here was a man who had translated the Bible into Burmese, written hymns, created a dictionary, been in prison, tortured, buried wives and children, and suffered through countless untold hardships.
And he spoke for only 15 minutes.
Do you know the topic of his message?
He preached a sermon about Jesus Christ.
Afterwards his friend told him that the people who came to hear him were disappointed. They had wanted to hear stories about Burma and the foreign mission field.
Adoniram told his friend that he had told them the greatest, most thrilling story he could tell, that of Jesus Christ. He said he couldn’t “trifle with his commission” and it is apparent that he took his calling to preach the Gospel very serious.
You and I may or may not know each other in real life. You may only know me by way of facebook, this blog or the book my mom and I have written. But you should know that if I were to take my last breath today and never write another word, I would want the name of Jesus Christ to be the last thing formed from the ink of my pen.
He is the Savior and Redeemer of this world. One day He will come back as King and every knee will bow to Him. He has transformed the lives of many people (including mine) from all over the globe. His Word is true and His promises will never fail.
“O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who has set thy glory above the heavens.” Psalm 8:1
“…let God be true, but every man a liar.” Romans 3:4a
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” II Peter 3:9
I may be a missionary wife with a lot of stories to tell, but if you read about my exploits and they never point you to Christ, then I have failed.
We can dwell on just the name of Jesus today and our soul will be satisfied.
Joy will replace sadness.
Hope will replace longing.
Confidence will replace fear.
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
- Saved because we CALL on that NAME (Romans 10:13)
- Heard when we PRAY in that NAME (John 14:14)
- Have life and remission of sins when we BELIEVE in that NAME (John 20:31) (Acts 10:43)
- BAPTIZED in that NAME (Acts 2:38)
- SERVE in that NAME (Colossians 3:17)
- HAPPY when we are REPROACHED for that NAME (I Peter 4:14)
On and on I could go, but I would rather dwell on the thoughts of His Name, Jesus.
He is my friend.
He is my Saviour.
He is my Lord.
I hope you know Him today. I hope you will trust in Him for more than just your salvation, but for your life today.
There is hope in Him.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Genesis 26-27 / I Samuel 17 / Psalm 15 / Matthew 16