“No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light.” Luke 8:16.
Those words of our Lord were in my daily readings a few days ago. They reminded me of my early calling as an evangelist to proclaim the good news – and now, years later, to keep on!
Then, in my e-mail came the photo below, sent by my friend Norm Rohrer. His son sent it to him for his 90th birthday! Norm (the one next to me) and I and two others, formed this “gospel team” when we were students at Wheaton College. Most weekends we would drive to midwestern towns to sing and play and preach at churches and youth rallies.
A week ago I spoke in Charleston, South Carolina, at the Anglican cathedral, about raising a new generation of leaders to preach the gospel. Here I am speaking in this next photo!
That evening a man came up to greet me. “I have wanted for fifty-nine years to thank you,” he said. “You spoke in Ocean City, New Jersey, before the Billy Graham crusade in Philadelphia. I was twelve, and I went forward to give my life to Jesus. So tonight I heard you were speaking and I came to say thanks and tell you I have followed him ever since!”
You can imagine how that thrilled me!
And rekindled in me the commitment to keep the fire burning, to “stir up the flame” as Paul exhorted young Timothy to do the work of an evangelist.
May the light keep shining!