As I was reading in my Bible this evening in the book of Acts. I read two accounts of men being chosen and sent of God. For a specific purpose. Philip and Peter.
Acts 8:35,37 And Philip opened his mouth,and began at the same scripture ( read Isaiah 53:7) and preached unto him Jesus. And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Acts 10:42-43 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the judge of the quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
Acts 11:14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.
As I have been writing this account in my life and recalling the many people God brought my way to be a witness of his grace....I began to think about the people God sent to ME before I trusted Christ as my own personal Saviour! I really only remember a few..perhaps there were more and I didn't realize or pay attention to GOD's messenger. I was never given a Gospel tract that I recall (because of this, I am a firm believer in passing out tracts)...I remember a couple of girlfriends who invited me to church (I attended my own church off an on..but this "religion" says it is a no-no to even visit another church...I might find the TRUTH!) and then I do remember seeing a street preacher once and yes, thinking..
"What in the world?"
I didn't stay long enough to listen. Then, there was the precious letter from a dear Aunt of mine. I didn't know her very well, since my parents were divorced and we moved. However, she kept in touch with my mom and would always send us, what my mother called "religious material" AGAIN in the mail.
One letter in particular some how managed to be kept in papers I found many many years later. I was already saved when I found this letter of "testimony"...what joy elated my soul in reading this wonderful account of how she knelt by her bed and asked Christ to forgive her of her sins and trusted him as her Lord and Saviour. I will never forget the verse she wrote...I John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear...She later died of cancer.
I could see then in reading this letter how GOD had sent these letters probably with Gospel tracts...to speak to our hearts. They were "trashed" ...except that one letter. Amazing. I often wonder why my mother kept the letter. She never told me why.
Are you someone God wants to use to reach a lost soul? Are you someone who is seeking the LORD as in Acts 9 with the Ethiopian Eunuch and Philip or Acts 10 with Cornelius and Peter.
Have you considered the people who have passed by your way? Take a moment and think upon the many people you have met...maybe for a brief moment. Was there a message to give or to receive?
Who are they? Why were they brought into your life? Was there a specific purpose?
As you continue to read my testimony you will see if not already, the hand of GOD in sending people to various places for specific purposes. Sometimes it is to help you, encourage, comfort or perhaps open your eyes to a truth.
Could it be that GOD directed you here? To reveal his gracious care and tender mercies. To bring you comfort of HOPE that might be needed one day in your own life.
I pray with each post...that GOD will touch hearts, not emotions...with the desire to seek his face and salvation and to be in his perfect will.
May the cup you draw from this well today meet your need.
So Send I You
So send I you to loneliness and longing,
With heart a hung'ring for the loved and known,
Forsaking home and kindred, friend and dear one
So send I you to know My love alone.
Note: Philip is the middle name of one of my twins. His name was not planned with this scripture in mind. This post subject has been on my heart for the past few days as I thought about the people I had been writing about thus far and tonight in study for my church history class..read in Acts about Philip.