James Calvert was a missionary to the cannibals on the Fiji Islands in the 19th century. His faithful work bore fruit in the lives of those accustomed to taking the lives of others. Years later an English Earl visited the Islands and met the chief of the tribe. In their conversation, the Earl was very critical of the chief’s conversion to Christianity, “You’re a great leader, but it’s a pity you’ve been taken in by those missionaries. No one believes the Bible anymore. People are tired of the threadbare story of Christ dying on a cross for the sins of mankind. They know better now. I’m sorry you’ve been so foolish as to accept their story.”
The old chief responded with a gleam in his eyes, “See that great rock over there? On it we smashed the heads of our victims. Notice the furnace next to it? In that oven we formerly roasted the bodies of our enemies. If it hadn’t been for those good missionaries and the love of Jesus that changed us from Cannibals into Christians, you’d never leave this place. You had better thank the Lord for the gospel – otherwise we would already be feasting on you! If it weren’t for the Bible and its salvation message, you would now be our supper!”
A Christian is truly a demonstration of a transformed life – one that is supernatural in nature and scope. We were dead in our sin but now we are alive in Christ. We were following the prince of darkness but now we are following the prince of peace. We were bound for hell but now we are bound for heaven. Talk about a transformation! Paul said it best in 2 Corinthians, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.”
What a joy it is to see that transformation take place. At the Harvest Georgia Crusade I had the privilege of seeing over one thousand souls transformed in the three day event. It was truly amazing to see people from all walks of life make their way to the floor of the arena and pray to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.
In like manner, I am excited about the souls that will be transformed for eternity in our annual Revelation Road event this month. To think that we have the privilege of being an instrument that God would use in making that happen is mind blowing! But that can only happen with willing instruments. I hope you have already signed up to do your part – behind the scenes or in the scenes – as an event like this is dependent upon everyone making an investment.
A few days ago, a lady from another church in our association asked if I was the pastor of the church that did Revelation Road. When I told her I was, she informed me that she had just signed up at her church to be a part of the event. Several from her church had been a part of the event the previous year and after hearing from them, she knew she had to be a part of it this year.
To know Him and make Him known. Together, let’s make that desire a reality!
To His Glory,