Never Give Up. Never Surrender.
Today’s tip – “We can rest for awhile, but we can never quit.”
To be honest, I have struggled how to approach this last of eight tips that Brother Paul lived by and taught to his sons, Josh, Sam, and Paul Henry. I have tried in these writings to honor both Brother Paul, and Jesus, who Brother Paul preached, loved, and shared with so many. I want to represent both men.
I loved his pastor’s heart, his love for Jesus and his deep love for his congregation, and really for everybody he ever met. I want to honor his legacy.
At the heart of Brother Paul’s messages, and the heart of the Bible, was the gospel of Jesus Christ, the son of God, who died for our sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead, thus conquering sin, death, and Hell. Jesus is the beginning and the end, the first and the last, and the savior to all who would believe.
To the end, Brother Paul preached Jesus and invited people to come to him, to repent of their sins, and commit their lives to Jesus, to trust Him. We are all at some point on that continuum, we all need to grow in our relationship with Jesus and need to get keep working on our commitment to Him. I want all who read these writings to be challenged, encouraged, and motivated to get closer to Jesus.
Brother Paul was a fighter and a lover. He fought hard against the cancer that eventually conquered his body, but not his spirit. It was so obvious that Jesus lived in and saturated his heart. He soaked Him and and poured Him out. Jesus kept him going. He rested when he had to, but never quit in his commitment to Jesus, to growing in Him and sharing him with everyone. He led over 1,000 people to Christ. I want to be like Brother Paul, and in some way to carry on his legacy. I am trying.
To sum this all up, I have two questions: Do you know Jesus, and are you learning from and growing in Him? That is the heart of Brother Paul’s life and message, and that is the heart of the gospel?
Scripture: Colossians 1:27 – To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, for those of us who know You, may we grow in you daily. And for those who don’t know you, may they surrender their life and their eternity into Your hands. In your Name we pray. Amen.