December 28, 2004
How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?
In his book, The No-Guilt Guide for Witnessing, George Sweeting tells the story of a man named John Currier, who was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1949. He was moved later on and paroled to work close to Nashville, Tennessee on a farm.
I was in 1968 that Currier’s sentence ended, and a letter was sent to him bearing the great news. Unfortunately, John never saw the letter and he was told nothing about it. He had no hope on that farm—it was hard and he didn’t have a promise for the future. Yet John continued doing exactly what he was told even after the farmer he worked for passed away.
Ten years later, a state parole officer learned about Currier’s predicament. He finally found him and told him the good news—that his sentence had been terminated. At last, he was a free man! He could break free and live his life now!
Sweeting finished his story by asking, “Would it matter to you if someone sent you an important message—the most important in your life—and year after year the urgent message was never delivered”
Those of us who have heard the Good News of Jesus Christ have experienced freedom from our sins. It is our responsibility to proclaim it to the entire world what Christ has done in our lives. Ask yourself this: Are you doing all you possibly can to make sure people hear the message of Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection? Are you willing to take it to the end of the earth? I challenge you in the new year to seek out those in your life who are lost and looking for hope. Share with them the hope you have, so that they may also experience the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
KEEP THE FAITH—ALL YEAR ROUND.