Walking With Jesus
One of the great things about being in the ministry is the friends that we make along the way. The longer I serve Him the sweeter He grows, but also the sweeter the fellowship with close friends working in the field of service alongside me. I’m just one guy sent out to work by the Lord of the harvest, but when I got out there I found I was not alone! Praise God for that.
“For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.” I Corinthians 3:9
Out here in the real world, working for Jesus can get a little lonely, everyone is not on the side of the Saviour, and everybody who responds to the gospel does not always stick. Some days get a little rough to be honest; even though I wouldn’t trade this life for any other, there are moments when it does feel like up hill both ways.
There have been a few times in my life when I have picked up my cell and dialed Clemon Chappell’s number and did not have any real reason to call. I wasn’t inviting him to a meeting, working out details, seeking important information or even asking for a contact. Nope....I just called because I knew I wouldn’t get off the phone without him praying for me. You see, we may live 700 miles apart, but we are laborers together with God. Having that friendship, common purpose, love for the lost, longing to make a difference makes us as close as brothers...it might sound odd to some, but the Love runs deep.
I have many, many other close friends in the ministry who strengthen and encourage me and it’s not just that they help lighten the load, they fill my life with joy. They make this journey wonderful. I love the work of the ministry, but I love the Lord Jesus far more than the work, and right behind that Love is the love for the people He has placed around me in service.
Yes, I’m walking with Jesus everyday, but we are not walking alone...PRAISE GOD FOR THAT.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
Today I’m leaving for a quick trip to Georgia, but it’s not a pleasure trip, Nor am I preaching a revival or attending a Mission Conference. It’s a sad occasion that takes me home, my dear aunt Janet Moore just yesterday went home to be with the Lord. Like my own mother she was a very faithful pastor’s wife, a loving mother and grandmother and the perfect companion to her Pastor, Preacher, Evangelist husband. Preston is well know and much loved by Christians and Church leaders all over the south and it took a very special lady to stand in the shadows giving love and support to her husband. I’m very sad to see her go and will miss her in a big way, but I’m also very glad she is now safe at home with Jesus seeing her loved ones gone before and enjoying all Heaven has to offer.
These are the times we walk through that valley of the shadow of death, and there we find Jesus. I know many believe that David is speaking of the shadow of death being a persons own crossing, but the older I get the more I’m convinced that when someone near and dear to us dies, we walk through that valley, and sometimes it would be easier to face our own death than to say goodby to a dear one. It is during these times of grief that Jesus walks very close, giving us hope, offering comfort and bringing us peace. To my Uncle Preston, Tim and Jan, I pray that you will sense the presence of Jesus so close that you feel you could reach out and hold His nail scared hand.
Jesus walks alongside us in our sorrow and comforts us in several ways. First, He reminds us of the promise of Heaven, the great hope of the believer. “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.”
I Thessalonians 4:13. Heaven is real and is a reality to our loved ones who have died in Christ Jesus. I have thought a lot about Heaven over the last few years and I have come to the conclusion that I do not know, nor can I know just what Heaven will he like. The scripture says, 1 Corinthians 2:9 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” Heaven is beyond the reach of the mortal life, but after death it becomes the only reality. What I do know is that it will exceed expectations.
Also, Jesus comforts us through His Spirit. I don’t know how peace comes to the broken heart and the wounded soul, but I know it does. I’ve seen the families who were broken to pieces by grief find a peace I never thought possible through Jesus Christ. It is past understanding, but it is the very real truth, He speaks peace to His own.
Jesus also gives comfort through the people He places around us. I know that so many family members walking close to Christ that will surround Uncle Preston and his family bringing great comfort and lasting peace as they walk through this valley of grief. In my life there have been those who spoke to me, prayed for me or offered some practical expression of love at the very moment I needed it most.
Yes, walking with Jesus is joyous, even in the valley of the shadow of death.
Awaiting His Return!
Dr. Gary S. Moore
I still like to fish, especially for trout, but that day was not as much about fishing as it was about who I was fishing with. You really couldn’t be Tolbert Moore’s son and not go fishing, it was a very big part of our lives growing up because my Dad was a weekend fisher. So, we’re walking with Jesus and guess what, He’s a fisher. The thing is though, he fishes for men, not trout. And you really can’t be walking with Jesus and not go fishing.
“And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.” Mark 1:17. Notice how Jesus words His call to Simon and Andrew....”I will make you to become fishers of men.” It doesn’t matter who you are when you trust Christ, He is going to make you to become a fisher. Following Jesus means learning all about how to catch men with the glory of God’s love. The gospel that changed us will change others, and the heart of Jesus is to reach the world with His word. You might say, I’m really not into fishing, but that doesn’t matter, it’s not just about the fishing, it’s all about who you are fishing with.
Helen and I go to a lot of baseball games and we have the greatest time. We have already visited parks all over the country and yes, even Toronto, Canada as well, at the moment I’m up to 21 different MLB parks. I’m a baseball fan in a big way; Helen, maybe not so much, but we go together and she has learned the game and how to really enjoy it. You ask....WHY...because she loves me and so she learned to love what I love.
Do you love Jesus? If you do, He’s going to make you to become a fisher of men, and because you love Him; you learn to love His purpose, His heartbeat, His passion. When we spend the day with Jesus, it’s one of our best days ever!
I can hear Him calling me now, “get up, let’s go fishing.” And I say, nothing could suit me better. I’m becoming a fisher of men. #walkingwithjesus