“BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER.” And this is the Word which was preached to you” (1Pet 1:25)
Yesterday a dear sister came to visit me. She said that she went to a restaurant to buy food. It is a place my husband and I go sometimes. The chef in charge recognized her as my friend. He told her that more than twenty years ago I preached the Word of God to him. He was working for a company that was affiliated to our Hospital, Lily Clinic. He said that each time he came for treatment I preach and pray for him. He also said that he hated it; that he angrily complained to others that the ‘oyibo’ (white) doctor is wasting his time with religious stuff. After we sold our hospital and became pastors, we lost contact with him.
The chef told the sister that when he recently saw my husband and I, he remembered the words I spoke to him long ago. He then quoted these to her: “You need to be born again” “Religion cannot save you, but Jesus can” “Prayer is stronger than medicine” “All diseases have a spiritual root that you must address” “Doctors have limitations, but God is Limitless” “You need food not only for the body, but for your spirit too” “The best inheritance you leave to your children consists of spiritual blessings” “At the name of Jesus every knee must bow, including your sickness and sorrow”… These are some things he remembered I said to him long ago. When he was young he hated the Word of God. But now, he goes to church and he appreciates the seeds planted in his soul.
This testimony is given to the glory of God and to the shame of the devil. As you see, the Word of God never dies! The seed of life planted in hard hearts can still germinate after many years.
It is also my desire to encourage all the believers. Do not be tired to speak about your Savior. Do not by shy with your testimony! Tell others about Jesus! Do not be afraid! Do not be discouraged! You do not need to be a pastor or a graduate from Bible School. If you are a child of God then you are His appointed ambassador. There are many hungry, needy souls all over the world. Preach the Word in season and out of season!
Let your motive be pure! Do not think of money when you preach to others. Just do it for Jesus’ sake! For He is worthy! Share the few scriptures you know with others. I know that in some countries, open evangelism is forbidden in the offices or on the streets. Pray for wisdom and for an open door. God is greater than all: Government workers, millionaires, lawyers, police or judges.
Be faithful in ministry! God will reward you for preaching the Word of God, no matter how little you do it! Yes, you heard me well! God shall REWARD (PAY) YOU for doing His work! I am a witness, I know!
In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
I am a servant of God!
I am an ambassador of Christ!
I preach Christ Crucified!
For God’s glory alone!
My reward is great!
In Jesus name