I trust you have been encouraged as you’ve read our 2020 Annual Report. God always grants us reasons to rejoice in Him, regardless of life conditions. He simply is a “nevertheless” kind of God who is not limited by anything.
As we move forward spending time this year with John, “Jesus’ best friend,” I want to continue presenting before you The One Challenge. I know there are reasons you may give for not taking the charge seriously. But I want to remind you that God is able to take whoever is willing and available and use them for His glory in influencing people for entrance into the Kingdom of God.
You may say, “I’m not spiritual enough;” nevertheless, God will use your lack to bring someone to Him. He used an clueless, immoral woman he met at a well to get others to Jesus.
You may say, “I don’t know enough;" nevertheless, God will take what you DO know and use it. When a former blind man who didn’t understand Jesus' miracle was pushed to deny the Lord, he simply stated his testimony, “I once was blind, but now I see.”
You may say, “I don’t know where to start;” nevertheless, be like Paul who asked, “Pray for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me.”
You may say, “I might say something wrong;” nevertheless, Jesus promised, “I will be with you always.”
You may say, “What if I can’t answer something I’m asked?” You will be stumped at times; nevertheless, we’ve been charged, “Always be prepared to give an account for the hope that you have.” So let’s be diligent about being well prepared.
You may say, “I really don’t know any unbelievers.” Nevertheless, Jesus said, “I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” (The least we can do is buy someone a cup of coffee, a lunch, invite them into our homes for sake of spiritual conversations about Jesus.)
The bottom line, my friends, is that we have been challenged by the words of the Master Himself who said to a man He healed, "Go... to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”