Isaiah 42:5-7 records:
"Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it, And spirit to those who walk on it:
'I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand;
I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles, To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the prison, Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.'"
These verses have been life verses for me. The words are so impactful. They humble me. Consider the reality that each believer has been called by God to carry out the assignment of reaching the lost and making disciples. Over and over I remember the excitement of seeing an unbeliever connecting with His Heavenly Father.
As I reflect on my own personal journey, it is amazing that the Lord used someone in reaching me and that I now have the honor of reaching others for Him.
Thinking about my ministry pilgrimage, I continue to be humbled at the opportunities He has afforded me to serve Him. As the leader of California Southern Baptist Convention I am convinced that every California Southern Baptist needs to be soul winning by sharing his/her faith with the lost.
All around us are broken, shattered and lonely lives. Many are anxious about the present and the future, while others need to hear a kind word of encouragement. Those of us who have the presence and power of Christ have been called to be messengers of hope by impacting lives all around us.
I know from experience that we have a tendency to bury conversations, issues, etc. away from the crowd. Yet, as I serve and minister in the most populous state in the nation, I am amazed at the resiliency of California Southern Baptists.
Resiliency is a good word, meaning springing back into shape or recovering strength or spirit. Every day I observe excitement, acts of mercy and love extended to a broken world. I do my very best not to judge or tell people what to do. I believe our Heavenly Father is in complete control of the world.
I continue to have faith in my God who promises to be with me always. We can spend our time analyzing, evaluating, criticizing, etc., and never truly finish the task assigned to us.
The time has come for more of us to share Christ. Our world is in trouble, and no government can change it. Only the power of God can bring about total transformation.
I encourage you to remember Who made the world, Who called you and Who will always be with you. When you know, understand and trust Him for your every act, it's easy to make an intentional effort to connect with someone who needs to hear the Good News of Christ.
Let's do just that!
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