Romans 14:7 “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself….”
The older we get, the more we begin to reflect on our lives already lived — How God in His sovereignty orchestrated our lives from birth even until now. My thoughts have been focused on my husband and how his decisions have affected others.
Jim and I met and married in four months. I really did not know him when we married—I did know that God was in complete control of him. Jim lived a wicked life before I met him. He had only been saved a few months when we met. Yet, he had a zeal to know God like I had never seen.
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You see Jim had polio at the age of 4. Doctors told his parents not to pray for him to live and weren’t allowed to go into his room only to look through a window. However, God’s people met and prayed for him. Jim’s dad woke Jim’s mom up one morning at 4:00 a.m. and told her he wasn’t worried about Jim anymore. He had turned him over to God. When they arrived at the hospital the next morning, the nurses said “We don’t know what has happened, but since 4:00 this morning your son has been singing the chorus ‘Only believe, only believe, all things are possible, only believe”.
At the age of 17, a tire exploded in Jim’s face as he was working at a tire place. A trachea had to be inserted where it stayed for 6 weeks. Jim’s vocal chords were damaged and affected his voice.
Why am I telling you all of this? Because Satan tried to destroy him before he was saved. Yet GOD had a plan. When Jim surrendered to preach at our little church, five others were called soon afterwards. When he went to Bible College, five followed suit. When we surrendered to go to Scotland as missionaries—four followed suit going to the Philippines and Canada. And on and on I could go with one story after another of how a surrender of one affected others.
Of course, we know this is a Bible principle. We can look at Abraham’s life and see the result of his surrender. Many others are recorded as well – expecially the Lord Jesus himself who was the One who surrendered all of heaven for all of us!
Just think, what if Jim had not obeyed God and did what he wanted to do? Would our daughter and son be serving Jesus today? Would there be changed lives strewn throughout the US, Scotland, Canada, the Philippines? Who knows. I just know this—that my life is definitely thrilling because of how my sweet husband’s life has affected mine. The choices we make daily have a lasting affect on those around us.
The surrender of one?
Because of Jesus,