Last week I had lunch with a Hill staffer to encourage him in his faith journey. By God’s grace, I was the one encouraged! Paul is a staffer working on one of the House committees. We were meeting so that we could bring each other up-to-date on what had been going on in our lives. Paul and his church had just gotten back from a missions trip to Kenya where Paul was originally to serve as the team leader and one of the church pastors was to lead a Pastors’ Conference and to preach four different sermons. Two minutes before leaving for the airport, Paul was informed that the pastor could not go at the last minute and Paul was to do the preaching and the leading of the Pastors’ Conference! His response was one of trusting God. He thought to himself, “Well, God. You are in charge of this. You are going to need to equip me and speak through me.” With his study Bible in hand, Paul did not sleep on the overnight flight; he was preparing to preach!
By God’s grace, Paul preached through the book of Ephesians in those four sermons, and he led the Pastors’ Conference. I am so proud of Paul for rising to the challenge with an attitude of faith and of trusting God for the equipping that had to be done in short order. Paul truly demonstrated the message of 1 Peter 3:15 to always be ready to give an answer to those who ask of the reason for the hope that lies within us with gentleness and reverence. I am reminded also of a quote from C. T. Studd: “Only one life—t’will soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.” Paul was willing to go and to make an eternal difference in the lives of the people living in that remote Kenyan village.
Are you willing to GO—around the world or across the street or across the hall to
another office to make a difference in the lives of the people there by giving them the reason of the hope that lies within you—which is the gospel of Jesus Christ? If you want to but feel afraid or do not know how, let us at the Center know, and we will gladly train you.