There Came A Man
Scripture: “There came a man who was sent from God ; his name was John.He came as a witness to testify concerning that light so that through Him all men might believe. John 1:6,7 (NIV)
There was a man sent from God whose name was Jim. God chose him to testify to the reality of Jesus Christ, the Son of God s0 that all men through Him might believe and receive the gift of Eternal Life. When Jim said ‘Yes’ to the Lord, he made a complete commitment of his life to serve the Lord in any way His Father requested.
Thus, the Lord equipped him with many specific gifts and talents in order to carry out his divine assignment .
To begin with he was filled with love by the Holy Spirit, and he shared this love unconditionally and generously with all he came in contact with. And the love was always wrapped in a warm hug.
He was gifted with a special charisma that attracted people to him so he could share his Lord in any number of ways.
If anyone had a need and Jim heard about it he was there to help, be it in a material way, or a spiritual way. He was given a scholar’s mind ,and he loved to study the scriptures, which he shared in teaching Bible Studies, counseling and always in his everyday walk with the Lord.
He was a family man and the primary desire of his heart in this situation was that each of his children would come to know Jesus Christ as his/her Saviour and Lord. And God answered his prayer.
He was never sick and he cared for his body in the same manner as he cared for his spirit, because he knew that his body was the temple of the Living God.(2 Cor.6:16).
At age 73 he was diagnosed with acute leukemia. For two long pain-filled years many hundreds of people prayed for his healing and we believed God would answer that prayer.
However, the day after we had shared a wonderful Christmas family celebration in 2012, he fell and struck his head ,which resulted in a massive brain bleed. He never regained consciousness, and that same evening the Lord called him home. Never once during all of this time did he utter the words so many of us tend to say when our suffering is intense and on-going, namely: “ Why,Lord?”.
His wisdom and his beliefs were summed up in the single sentence he lived by.
“Everything that comes to us in this life is Father-filtered.” Living with the certainty of that knowledge is a wonderful source of comfort , encouragement and peace .
I am proud to say this man was my brother-in-law, and I loved him deeply.
Prayer: Father, teach us to accept all that comes into our lives, whether for better or for worse in our estimation, as your perfect will. Help us not to question or become bitter but to live in the truth of
Romans 8:35;37 (NIV) “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No! In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”