Be a Joe for Jesus

Be a Joe for Jesus

Chapter 16 of the book of Romans mentions many names. It tells  that our God is a personal God. He refers to us by our names. We aren’t an ‘it’ to God. Likewise, He gives recognition to those who labour for Him. Here, Paul makes mention of Priscilla and Aquila and the fact they risked their necks for him. “Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks…” (Romans 16:3-4). These two servants were obviously very important to Paul as he writes of them in several other passages. He never forgot their lifesaving deed; whatever it may have been.

Years ago, the vehicle I was riding in was hit by gunfire. Quickly looking in the direction of the boom, I saw a man shot down and the gunman about to finish him off. After several harrowing moments, I was able to apprehend the villain and save the victim from certain death. I can tell you that in the years to follow, no matter where we met, if Joe saw me, he would stop the world and announce that I saved his life! Everybody heard the whole story (whether they wanted to or not). I appreciated his gratitude, but must admit it was embarrassing the way he carried on. He always wished he could do something for me. 

Not only does Paul’s record in the Bible remind me of that instance; but more importantly, that of Someone else who “risked their neck” for mankind. Jesus, the righteous gave of His life for all who accept His atoning work. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). It’s there only for the asking upon repentance. Now if Joe could make such a scene about a nobody like me, why can’t we Christians shout about what Jesus did!   

We all need to be more enthusiastic. I believe everyone who names the name of Jesus would lay down their life if it could get a man or woman saved, but it simply doesn’t happen that way. I have often stated in sermons, that I would give of my arms or legs if it meant getting someone saved; but again, it’s not the way. You, as readers, would do the exact same thing. All we can do is stress, to the lost, the importance of giving their lives to Christ before it’s too late. A nanosecond after we close our eyes for the last time-it’s too late! “For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). Let’s strive to make a ‘scene’ for Jesus.  

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