Romans 1:14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. 15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

 

 David Gordeuk, Bible scholar and preacher reflected: After committing my life to Christ as a lad, I decided that I should be serious about studying the Bible, so I began the discipline of daily Bible reading. Also, I sat in front in church so that I could hear the messages as much as possible without the distraction of what else was happening in the pews behind me. I learned what I could. Going to high school I tried and sometimes failed being a disciple of Jesus. But my overall aim was to continue to follow Christ.

In college, I realized that my personal faith was being attacked by the atmosphere around me, so I read what I could that defended the faith. I daily carried a New Testament and would read snatches anytime I felt vulnerable, which was quite often. My conviction that the gospel was true was strengthened. My life experiences only confirmed the truths in the Bible.

One day, during a mass demonstration by radicals, I sensed the inner urge to go to the leader of the rally and ask to speak. He gave me the microphone. My talk was short, but to the point: Radicals destroying society were not healing the problems. Only love would help. Jesus Christ is the only real way to be able to show love, not only to friends but also to foes. When I said “Jesus Christ” it was like pouring gas on a fire. Students erupted in jeers and yells. Yet I was able to finish.

I went home after hours of sharing Christ and his gospel. And then it dawned on me. The above passage from Romans became personal. The Lord Jesus was making me a fisher of men. I was surprised by discipleship.

Dalbert Walker