2 for Jesus

Jim Coyle

"For as his share is who goes down into the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage.  They shall share alike.  And he made it a statute and a rule for Israel from that day forward to this day."  I Samuel 31:24-25

Today when an army goes to battle, there are many individuals that stay behind to render support to the ones fighting the battle.  When the conflict is over, everyone involved receives a ribbon for their uniform.  This principal also applies to spiritual battles.

Tad Martin, a missionary supported by Sunrise Church, and serving in Central Asia, recently visited the Rialto campus where he shared his testimony.  The area he serves in is very hostile and closed to the Gospel.  It is not uncommon to be reported to the police for sharing the Gospel of Jesus.  With this possibility, Tad normally does not share Jesus the first time he meets someone.  A few months ago, a friend invited him to meet a family in another part of the country where he is living.  There are no known Christians in the people group that this family belongs to, or in the region they live.  After dinner, and as they talked, Tad felt that he should tell them about Jesus regardless of the possibility of being arrested.  When the conversation was finished, 2 of the family members prayed to receive Christ and became the 1st known believers in this region.  When Tad finished telling this story, he thanked Sunrise Church for making this possible by our prayers and financial support.

The Bible tells us that when someone receives Christ, that person is like a crown to the one who shared the gospel with them. 

"For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when He comes?  Is it not you?  Indeed, you are our glory and joy."  I Thessalonians 2:19-20

We all get a share of the glory and joy Paul is referring to when we support the ministries and missionaries reaching the lost.  When we pray for and financially support our church, we support the war for lost souls locally and throughout the world.  Are you doing your part?


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