It is important that we live our life to the fullest for the Lord and not
allow our past hinder our present and future successes for Christ. I hope
this story will encourage you to be a better witness for Jesus, and hope
it also ministers to your heart to not see yourself as a failure, but
rather a mighty warrior for the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ.
There was once a man who lived a pretty normal life. He never thought he
was a bad person, but he wouldn't let anyone run over him either. Then one
day God touched his heart and the man accepted Jesus Christ as his personal
Savior. The man was so overjoyed with his new feeling that he promised the
Lord that he would tell everyone he met about Jesus and lead at least 100
people to this great thing he had found.
But the man soon found that leading people to Christ was not an easy thing
to do. Most of his friends thought he was crazy and soon distanced
themselves from him. The man almost gave up several times, but he would
still tell anyone he could about the Good News and how it had changed his
life and filled him with such peace and happiness.
Then the man died.
The man found himself in a room. All the things that he had done and said
in his lifetime, all the bad things he had done, all the bad thoughts he
had had all came back to him and was flashed before him in a moment of time.
Then he saw a vision of himself, the time he got saved, he saw himself
there on his knees promising God that he would spread the Gospel to at
least 100 people.
The man fell to his knees and wept.
Then Jesus stood before the man and told him, "Arise my child, and tell me
why you weep?" The man answered, "Lord, I have committed all these terrible
things in my life, and I have even lied to you." The Lord looked puzzled
and asked the man, "How have you lied to Me?"
"I promised you that I would lead 100 people to you Lord, and even though
I tried with all my might, I did not lead one single person to you. I broke
my promise to you and lied to you." Then Jesus smiled at the man and wiped
the tears from his eyes, "My child, you did not break your promise to Me."
The man said, "But Lord, I did not lead one single person to you!" Jesus
answered, "My child, do you remember the time in the restaurant when you
sat down to eat, and you prayed, thanking The Father for your food? Well,
there was a lady sitting in that same restaurant. The lady was sick with
sin, and even though I had tried to reach her several times, she ignored
Me. She was thinking of going home and taking her life, and she was
planning to take her children's lives too. But this lady saw you pray, and
it broke her heart. A door opened in that lady's heart, and she allowed Me
to come in.
The lady went home, and instead of ending her life, she accepted Me and
asked Me to take control of her life. This woman found her faith, and she
showed it to every one she knew, including her children, and when they
became ready, they asked Me to take control of their lives. One of the
children grew up to become a powerful evangelist and led many to Me. So My
child, be of good cheer. You kept your promise. Your small but consistent
acts of faith led not 100, but 100,000 to Me."
The man was overjoyed, but still he felt guilt. "My Lord," he said, "What
about all those other bad things I have done?" Jesus then smiled and said,
"Don't worry about those, I paid the price for you. You see, we both kept
the promises we made."
I pray that you found encouragement in this story that shows how the small
acts of faith that we portray before others do not go unnoticed. There
are many people who are not believers in the Lord Jesus, but still they
look very carefully at believers to see how they live. Never hold back
when it concerns sharing your faith. You may be the only person who can
reach that one searching for peace in their lives. (Isaiah 55:11)
I am sure you have heard of the domino effect. That's where one small act
can influence another act which influences another act and so on and so on
until a great event has taken place, all because of that one small act.
Please remember that your small acts do influence others even though you
may not realize it at the time. A smile, a friendly word, a prayer in
public, are just a few ways you can brighten someone's day and possibly
change their lives. (Galatians 5:22-26) (2 Peter 3:9)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus
Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God
was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their
trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading
through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. For
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the
righteousness of God in Him."
Romans 8:1-4 "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in
Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the
Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free
from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it
was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness
of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that
the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not
walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit."
Ephesians 3:19-21 "To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that
you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to
do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the
power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to
all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
All scriptures can be found in the New King James Version.
In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry