I am sure that many of you wonder why I’m always harping on spiritual topics. Hard question to answer. I know Paul felt similarly, because he said “woe is me if I preach not the gospel. It is like a fire shut up in my bones.”
And there are other passages in which Paul indicated that he was constrained & compelled to share Christ’s message. Somehow, there is the public opinion, that I think more of myself than I ought. But nobody, who has any Effectiveness at all is any more aware of their failures than I. I guess I am a pretty strong messenger at times. Maybe I come across as overconfident. But I know that deep within me I share the same conviction as Paul. The Apostle Paul and I share a common view of ourselves, in the words, where he said, that he was “the chief of Sinners.” I think maybe he thought that, because he hadn’t met me.
Anyway, Paul knew the horrible things that he had done and that Christ calling and using him was no less than an incredible miracle. I feel the same. We’re it not for the grace of God and the work of Jesus on the cross, I would be a deplorable, immoral reprobate. Actually I would be dead . It is God’s benevolent care and loving touch that I credit for my life and any good in my life.
At some point when this life is over, any good that I have done; I will eagerly lay at the feet of my Master, Jesus. I hope to hear the words “well done good and faithful servant.” Even though I know that any good accomplished in me was really Christ’s work more than my own. I look forward to that day in eternity future, to give any good that I have done, as a love offering to my Savior Jesus.
Anyway, back to the topic of why I’m always sharing Christ. Even though I’m sure many wish I wouldn’t, so much.
Many years ago, my sister Detra was going through a very difficult time, in her life. She was in North Carolina and I was in Florida. She called me and told me: Tim don’t ever mention Jesus to me again! I never want to hear it from you, any more!. And she said this with all the conviction and sternness that she had in her. And my sister could be firm. And that was an understatement.
When I hung up the phone I burst out in tears. It’s really unexplainable. I literally picked the phone up and called Detra back immediately. Even though I knew it might endanger my relationship with my sister, who had always been my best friend. I heard the words come out of my mouth “Detra, I have to tell you about Jesus.” Because I cannot be there to help you and He’s already there with you and wants to help you.. I have to tell you about Jesus, Detra. There was a long pause. And then, Begrudgingly and with kind of a angry resignation, she said “okay Tim.”
The rest of her life was kind of a pilgrimage of spiritual experience, That she and I shared together. Many nights we talked and shared for most of the night, as we strengthened our faith and helped each other.
So through that experience, I have come to know this is the main way; I must show the people I really care about that, I love them. My source of help in every time of need has always been the absolutely Dependable love of Jesus. So if I care about someone, there comes a point that I have to share Jesus with them. I try not to be the kind of guy who wears John 3:16 on his shirt sleeve. I can talk about zillion other topics. And try to only share Christ, when I really feel the Holy Spirit’s direction, but it is often I feel that I must share His love. Woe is me if I do not! ( quoting Paul again ).
God has not only saved me from the awful attacks and diabolical schemes of the enemy. He has saved me from dark parts of my own self, that I could not have received deliverance from and healing in, without His Amazing Grace!
So I guess I’ll go on telling you about Jesus. Yes I like discuss the outdoors. And yes I like to discuss karate. And yes I like to discuss all kinds of things. But thoughts of Christ are never far from my mind. I want for you my friends the undescribable & precious gift of God’s salvation. That you come to know Jesus. And if you know Him that you come to know Him better… And many of you are also messengers to me, helping me come to know Jesus better myself…. So the bottom line is: I’m sure you’ll continue to hear about Christ from me.
Because I believe, As the late Andrae Crouch said so well, in song;
Jesus Is The Answer
For the world today
Above Him there’s no other
Jesus is The Way!
With love, Slam-