Lift Him Up!
When I am lifted up on the cross, I will draw everyone to myself (John 12:32).
It was our first meeting at UCLA, at the sorority house of Kappa Alpha Beta, a house full of beautiful women. I had no knowledge of what God was about to do. I was begging Him to confirm that my vision to help reach the world for Christ really was from Him. This was our first meeting of its kind since Campus Crusade for Christ began. Previously, I had spoken in various fraternities and sororities as a member of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, but there had never been anyone respond for salvation -- ever.
But that night the Holy Spirit touched the 60 women in that house. Over 30 of them stood in line to say that they wanted to become Christians when I invited them to receive Christ. We were thrilled at what God did that night and were greatly encouraged for the future.
Sharing our Lord and His great message of love and forgiveness is like passing a magnet over a field of iron filings. The filings leap to the magnet. When we exalt Jesus Christ and attractively lift Him up in the power of the Holy Spirit, those who are listening are drawn to Christ in the same measure. Christ's sheep recognize His voice and they know Him and they want to follow Him.
I am convinced that if people could just grasp something of the depth of Christ's love for them, they would run to Him. Our challenge is to effectively communicate that love to a world dying for love. Of course, to communicate the whole counsel of God, we also need to communicate the stark spiritual reality of a life without Him, in this world and the next, a chilling truth.
If in the power of the Holy Spirit, we communicate God's love and the important choices people need to make concerning Him, God will take care of the results.
Jesus is the personification of love and compassion, and "large crowds followed Him" (Matthew 8:1, NIV). They still follow Him today.
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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