Life's Greatest Adventure - Insights from Bill Bright - Dec. 4
Life's Greatest Adventure
I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return, a hundred times over, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property-with persecutions. And in the world to come they will have eternal life (Mark 10:29-30).
Your life as a Spirit-filled believer is the most exciting life imaginable! God has a special plan to equip, develop and use you for His purposes.
Although the development and maturing of the fruit of the Spirit is a long process, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given at the time a person becomes a Christian. Though every believer who is filled with the Spirit receives power for witnessing, not every Christian receives the same gift, according to 1 Corinthians 12. Also, some are called to be apostles, some prophets, others evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Ephesians 4:11). Therefore, we must let the Lord direct us into the place of service He has for us.
Do not imitate the ministry of someone else. Be patient. Do not too quickly decide what you should do with your life or where you should serve Christ. He will express His life in and through you as you continue to study His Word and remain obedient and sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Through God's
Word, the direction of the Holy Spirit, and the wise counsel of mature Christians, you will discover God's will for yourself.
As you ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit by faith, you are about to begin the greatest adventure of your life. Remember that you are asking to be filled with the Holy Spirit rather than with self. As He takes control of your life, you will become more like Christ. When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, it will be your constant desire to do the will of God and that which will please and honor Jesus Christ.
Why did Jesus come into this world? "To seek and to save what was lost" (Luke 19:10, NIV).
What will please Him most? We please Him most as we help fulfill His Great Commission by praying, giving and going into all the world and preaching the gospel to every creature by inviting Him to live His life through us, beginning in our "Jerusalem."
How is this to be accomplished? Through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Every day can be an exciting adventure for the Christian who knows the reality of being filled with the Holy Spirit and who lives constantly, moment by moment, under His gracious direction.
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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