Colonel Glenn Jones, USAF (Ret)
God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God (Matthew 5:8).
Glenn Jones was one of the most outstanding young men I have ever known. When I first met him, he was a full colonel in the U.S. Air Force, promoted ahead of his peers, and was the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon.
A graduate of Texas A&M University and now a gung-ho Air Force pilot, Glenn was on a fast track for promotion to the highest ranks.
Brilliant and gifted, Glenn flew the fastest airplanes ever built and had a brilliant military career marked out for him. He was about to be promoted to the rank of general, a club that is very, very exclusive.
But Glenn turned away from that great honor, for an even greater honor. He decided to obey the call of God and dedicate his life into full-time Christian service and join the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ. He was on fire for Christ and was a great witness for our Lord. He became my Chief of Staff, and was a key person in many important world evangelism projects.
After a few years, with his Air Force retirement, which he took early, Glenn could have taken it easy and never worked another day. But that was not Glenn. He wanted to serve the Lord with every breath that he had. He once said, "I'd rather burn out than rust out."
While still young, Glenn met an untimely death due to cancer. I remember sitting in a hospital room with him and his precious wife, Barbara. They never complained or questioned God, but always had the victory, with joy.
I remember Glenn's work efficiency and his uncanny ability to get along with everyone and get things done. But the thing I remember most about Glenn is his pure heart. I never heard him criticize anyone. His heart was full of positive thoughts instead of negative thoughts.
Glenn reminds me of a spiritual principle. Wherever people have a pure heart, they walk humbly before God and men and always view their fellow man with purity. They assume that others are pure of heart as they are. In contrast, people who have sin in their life, who are critical of everyone else, are really trying to camouflage their own imperfections, their own sin.
People with pure hearts are people who live joyful, radiant, supernatural lives for the glory of God, like Glenn Jones.
"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8, KJV). Glenn has now seen God, and those of us who trust Christ will also see Glenn.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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