January 3, 2022 — The Distributor

“I met a new friend at church on Sunday,” Stan commented.  “It was someone I had seen from a distance, but I made the effort to get to know him a little bit. Interesting fellow.  I think we will be good friends.”

“Always great to make new friends,” I replied.  “What does he do for a living?”

“I asked him that,” Stan said, “and his response was something that really got my attention.”

“In what way?”

“He said that he’s a distributor.”

“A distributor?” I replied.  “That could mean a lot of things, some not so good!”

“I thought the same thing when he told me that,” Stan said, “but since I was meeting him at church I figured he couldn’t be too bad!”

“So what does he distribute?” I asked.

“At least two things,” Stan replied.  “His business is that he is the local distributor for one of the soft drink companies.  He distributes the products to all of the grocery stores and restaurants.”

“Big job,” I commented.

“It is,” Stan replied, “but he considers his second role as a distributor to be even bigger.”

“What’s that?”

“As a distributor of the Good News of Jesus Christ!  This man said that his role as the distributor of the soft drinks brings him into contact with a lot of people each day.  As he is led by the Holy Spirit, he takes advantage of every opportunity to help distribute the Good News of  what God has freely and graciously provided through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.”

“Wow!” I replied.  “Another big job!”

“Even bigger than the first one,” Stan commented.  “Makes me wonder if I’m the distributor God intends, distributing what He has for me to distribute.”

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Bible verses to consider:

Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.  How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? Romans 10:13-14.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name if the Father and the name of the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20.

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Romans 10:17.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, for giving your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, so that all who believe can have the assurance of spending eternity in your presence.  Thank you for those who told me the truth of your free and gracious gift of life with you on both sides of eternity.  I confess that too often I do not tell others of the Good News that can save them just as it saved me.  Please help me in following every step of your lead so I am open to distributing the truth just as you intend so that others may know.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Think on this: Do you have the assurance of life eternally with God when your time here is done? If no, why?  Do you know how to accept God’s free and gracious gift of life eternally with Him, along with the eternal life of knowing the Father and the Son? If you do have the assurance of salvation and redemption for yourself, how are you doing in distributing the Good News to those who don’t know?  As well as you would like?  As well as God would like?  Are changes needed?  Why or why not?

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S. Tory Teller’s book, Waiting for the Train: Biblical Food for Growing Before Going, Foreword by Josh McDowell, is available from amazon.com and the publisher at www.s-toryteller.com

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