Last week Martha and I were blessed to attend the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, sponsored by the Senate and the House of Representatives. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the opportunity to fellowship with so many believers from all over the world.
Eric Metaxas gave the keynote address. He offered a compelling view of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Part of his address featured how he became a believer. He grew up in a home without the Gospel, went to Yale, and took a job. For the first time he heard the Gospel and over a period of time became a follower of Christ. He has since written two powerful biographies of followers of Christ who changed the world.
The first biography featured the life of William Wilberforce, the British citizen who championed the closing of the slave trade in England. His victory in England helped end slavery in America.
The second biography examined the life of pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer of Germany. Early on, Bonhoeffer saw Nazism’s inherent evil and spoke against it. One of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s famous quotes is that “when Jesus calls a man He bids him come and die.” The Nazis executed Bonhoeffer in 1945 shortly before the liberation of the concentration camp where he was sentenced.
When Metaxas was saved he asked this question: “Why haven’t I heard this before?”
What does this show us?
First, God still saves and people are still open to the Gospel. Metaxas was Yale educated but without peace in his heart. People still need the Gospel.
Second, God changes people’s lives. Eric Metaxas is a modern day example of how the Gospel changes us by renewing our minds and making us new creations.
Third, this reminds us of our responsibility to share the good news. Paul asked how people can hear without a preacher? How many Eric Metaxas’ are out there who need to hear?
Finally, the Gospel blesses. Salvation changes us in a myriad of ways. It always blesses.
The story of Naaman shows a similar pattern (2 Kings 5). Naaman was a most unlikely convert who gladly heard. He experienced the wonderful blessing of God.
Who around you is an Eric or a Naaman?
May we share and live our faith in a world of sadness and desperation.
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