I have received compliments from many of you over the years. Now I’m not saying I don’t appreciate compliments, but sometimes I get the feeling that I may have reached pedestal status. A pedestal that has a label; “Here is a good man”.
So, I want you to understand that I am just a man, just a human being, like each of you. If I say something that touches you, or encourages you, I am speaking only the words that God gives me to share with you.
In John 5:19-21: Jesus, healed a man, and then speaks about himself, he says; “I tell you the truth, I can do nothing by myself. I do only what I see the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, then I do also. For the Father loves Me and shows Me everything He is doing. In fact, the Father will show Me how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished. For just as the Father gives life to those he raises from the dead, so then I will give life to anyone I want.”
As a reasonably capable human man, I can do many things. I can (still) ride a motorcycle, I can hold down a job, I can love my family and provide for them. But when it comes to speaking the truth to you about God, I can only give you what God gives me. You see, Jesus has all authority to give life and to draw you to himself. I am only an instrument that He choses to use. If you sense that you are being drawn closer to God by the words I speak, then that is God drawing you, not me. My advice is to pay attention. God does not work in you without purpose.
John 5:25 Jesus says; “I assure you that the time is coming, indeed it’s here now, when the dead will hear my voice—the voice of the Son of God. And those who listen will live.”
Those are powerful words, and in another place it says; “let him who has an ear, let him hear”. I hear, and I will live, how about you?
As always, if you want to talk to someone, please see me or one of the other chaplains after the meeting.