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Dr. Lawrence’s Must-Read Blog: Two Men’s Lives

Dr. Lawrence’s Must-Read Blog: Two Men’s Lives

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This past Sunday morning, I heard yet another story coming out of the recent events in the news, and I could not stop thinking about the lives of two men.

My mind wandered through the happenings of the last few weeks, and thoughts of these two men began to consume all other thoughts. Two men who are far apart in personality, position, place. As different as two men could be.

These two men…

One was outspoken; the other was quiet in demeanor.

One the world has known for over 70 years; the other man the world has barely known for 7 days.

One was 99; one was 37.

One met millions and counseled kings, queens, and presidents; one met with and counseled high school students and friends.

One was saved at 16; one was saved in junior high.

One was known by the world; one was known only by the community he served.

One died at home in his sleep; one died in a violent death saving others.

One lies in state at the Rotunda in Washington, D.C.; one had a service at his local church.

One told thousands the means of salvation; one told tens and maybe hundreds.

Each of the men had a favorite song, one which was written in 1738—”And Can It Be.”

And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

He left His Father’s throne above
So free, so infinite His grace
Emptied Himself of all but love
And bled for Adam’s helpless race
’Tis mercy all, immense and free
For, O my God, it found out me!

The other man’s favorite song was written in 1977—”He Paid a Debt He Did Not Owe.

He paid a debt He did not owe
I owed a debt I could not pay
I needed someone to wash my sins away
And now, I sing a brand new song
“Amazing Grace”
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay

He paid that debt at Calvary
He cleansed my soul and set me free
I’m glad that Jesus did all my sins erase
I, now, can sing a brand new song
“Amazing Grace”
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay

One day He’s coming back for me
To live with Him eternally
Won’t it be glory to see Him on that day

I, then, will sing a brand new song
“Amazing Grace”
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay

Back to these two men.

Both were amazed by Jesus’ work on Calvary’s Hill. Both had a Savior they served. Both had a testimony they lived. Both are in eternity with the Savior they loved.

Can these lives rightly be compared or contrasted? I don’t know, but I do know God does great things which are amazing to behold. I don’t know if the finite human mind can determine “importance” in God’s economy, but I do know that little is much when God is in it. Given the facts of Philippians 2:5-8, we should probably not labor for wealth or fame at the expense of the gospel, rather it is for the “fame” of Jesus we must live.

While both men have been major news this week, my best guess if we were able to ask each of them about their lives, they’d tell you about Jesus. Not only because they know Him, but because they have now seen Him.

Jesus walked out of His way to say “Messiah is alive” to a woman at a well no one else cared for or loved. I do know that Jesus died for every soul that heard the gospel preached by Billy Graham. I do know that because of the life Coach Aaron Feis lived, 59 young athletes heard a salvation message in their FCA meeting last week and received Christ. These 59 young people most likely have never heard of Billy Graham!

Christ weighs the balance. Christ judges the faithfulness of His disciples. I believe both men believed this and lived their lives in light of it. Two men’s lives had value because they were faithful, and because of their faithfulness, souls were touched for eternity.

May we all be as faithful to give the gospel to those around us, regardless of our positon, our place, or our personality. To God be the glory.

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