The LORD Reminded Me The Gospel Is For Them As It Was For Me
The older I get, the worse my hearing becomes. I find myself at times reading lips to make sure I understand what others are saying to me or more often than I like, I have to ask people to repeat what they say. I have had to compensate for my hearing loss by using my eyes to hear. Recently, I had an experience where I realized God was speaking to me through my eyes.
I had the opportunity to attend two nearby MLB games in two different cities. I will refrain from mentioning any team names, but I really had a great time at both. However, at one, as I tried to watch the actual game, my entertainment of the game was replaced by the distractions of the people around me. As I paid attention with my eyes at the things those around me were doing, God spoke to me. Where many of these people were engaging in obvious unhelpful and overtly un-Christ like behavior, the LORD reminded me the gospel is for them as it was for me. Through my eyes, I heard God’s desire that these lives be restored to a right relationship with him through Jesus Christ. So, I paused for a few minutes, blocked out the distractions by closing my eyes and I simply prayed. I prayed that the LORD would reveal Himself to those who needed to know there was hope, grace, mercy, and an eternal joy that comes from salvation. Most of all, I prayed God would use me to live out the gospel and be a bold witness in a world hostile to God, even when it feels lonely or even unsafe.
The passage from Romans 10:11-15 came to mind. “For the Scripture says, whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed. For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for all the same LORD is LORD of all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him; for Whoever will call upon the name of the LORD will be saved. How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him who they have not heard?
And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, how beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings of good things.”
This ballgame experience did not speak to me in a voice of judgment; rather I left with an overwhelming feeling of sadness. As I pondered this experience during my drive home, I thought about those we serve through the ministry of BCHFS. Our mission is to “provide Christ centered services that protect, heal and restore.” Though I am often saddened by the darkness that seems to destroy families and influence the lives of many of our residents and clients, I was reminded joyfully of the Good News that Jesus Christ is the answer. He is the one who restores. Also, I was reminded of our wonderful staff that serve here at BCHFS. I am amazed at the joy and excitement they have in sharing the gospel with those we serve. They challenge me, as does the LORD’s compassion that I heard at the ballgame, to be bolder in sharing the gospel.
Because of you, our prayer and financial supporters, we can unashamedly present the gospel to all with whom we minister. In an increasing world of hostility toward the gospel and the Bible, we can minister without depending on federal or state dollars that often come with prohibitions against sharing our Christian faith. I do not take this privilege lightly. Truly, the LORD blesses this ministry and changes lives through you. We welcome your interest, investment, input, and involvement with this ministry.
Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a little time with a young person in our care. This young person has many worries, fears, and personal concerns that contributed to her placement with BCHFS. Only days before writing this note, I learned that this young person surrendered their life to Christ during a recent worship service. This is ministry at work; this is the gospel changing lives and bringing hope. How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings of Good Things!
Thank you for this opportunity.