It Is No Secret

Well, we met this morning. Our irregular World Changers group showed up, which as of late has been a rarity. In all this time we have only lost one of the original members to relocation, and while other “members” come and go nothing is quite as special as our founding hombres. For some reason the last year has been unsettled in the sense of schedules, activities and health that affect attendance. However, I don’t think any one of us, being available and able, decides simply not to come, at least not I.

Anyway, there we were, the remaining three without visitors, gathered around in the curved booth as we have done for so many years. It doesn’t take much to get us started with an occasional question one may have for the group to address. This time among the variety of topics, we happened to get fixed on the question of belief and witness. I was particularly interested since I was preparing some remarks on Christian witness. I related a personal experience that got things started.

Decades ago as a young Christian I listened to a youth pastor who was so honest, that I never forgot what he said. Such is the impact of “heart talk.” He said that sometimes in the midst of his busy and blessed life there comes over him a momentary but startling doubt about his faith. As he put it (paraphrased), “I stop, look around, and all of a sudden I think, ‘Is all of this just a pipe dream?’” As my oldest sister puts it, “sometimes we have honest doubts.”

At that point I commented, “We all have been there,” and they agreed. In fact we all have had “honest doubts,” and probably will have. But then I related the important part. The pastor continued by saying anytime that happens, he begins to think about all the people he knows who have been transformed by the grace and power of God, and soon he is being thankful for what God has done in his life. The reality of the miraculous work of God in the heart is indeed amazing, unique and supernatural. It defies rational understanding.

We can be inspired at times by a variety of non-religious writings and sayings of others having to do with life: bits of wisdom, cute sayings, deep understanding and other tidbits about human behavior and life. These are plentiful, available everywhere, and have most readers/hearers at least nodding in agreement. But, it is not possible for anyone to do a one-eighty of mind, heart and will, changing his or her entire life forever by inspiration of, say, a Zig Ziggler. A multitude has done so, however, with a single verse of Biblical truth.

Such is the absolute uniqueness of the Word of God that through the power of the Holy Spirit turns the printed Word into the Living Word in our hearts. History is replete with testimonies of the power of God to restore His creation (people) to their original position before the Fall. Jesus told several of those whom He healed (depending on the situation) to go and tell others what “God has done for you” (Mark 5:19, Luke 8:39). Testimonies not only inspire other Christians, but also often serve to draw unbelievers to Christ. Of course, the bearer of the testimony is especially blessed.

The testimony of the late Stuart Hamblin, an actor, singer, songwriter, is one such transformation. A rounder, drinker, gambler and womanizer, Stuart Hamblin encountered a young evangelist who was instrumental in pointing him toward Jesus as the answer to his increasingly despondent and out-of-control lifestyle. Another actor who noticed his radical transformation asked him about it. His answer was, “It’s no secret what God can do.” Soon after, that became a “hit” gospel song of his testimony that is popular to this day. The chorus is:

                                                It is no secret, what God can do

What’s He’s done for others, He’ll do for you

With arms wide open, He’ll pardon you

It is no secret, what God can do

The young evangelist was Billy Graham, and the actor friend was John Wayne.

While all testimonies of God’s saving grace are exciting to hear, the one’s from the world of science, and there are many, can be really interesting. When they come to the end of themselves and reach out to God, all of their education, intelligence and learning become so much “chasing after the wind.” One of my favorites is from the scientist/astronomer Robert Jastrow.

At this moment it seems as though science will never be able to raise the curtain on the mystery of creation. For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”

The witness of transformed lives, both others and ours, is the best antidote for doubt. During the Tribulation, when all Christians will be gone, people will be coming to faith in Christ, but it will be the most difficult time in history to be a Christian. And how do these believers manage to survive? The key is found in Rev. 12:11a, “And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;”

The power to overcome Satan is really the same now as it will be during the Tribulation. The “blood of the Lamb” offers all to partake of salvation freely given by Christ’s crucifixion. The surety of being born-again by receiving all that is included in that event, is the crucial element in the last part, “and by the word of their testimony.” There is no testimony without applying the blood of Christ! And if the blood of Christ is applied, the testimony exists. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ Jesus. If everything and everyone abandons us, Jesus will be there. Praise His Name! It is no secret what God can do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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