To Live is Christ

“It may have seemed insignificant to you,” said the voice on the phone, “but we remember that night as if it were yesterday.”

It was a stormy night about two years ago, and I was traveling home with several native students I am sponsoring to attend our university. We were on the first ferry out after a major hurricane.

“John, pray for us!” Rosie cried, clinging to a support beam. A wave broke over the bow, barely missing us while gale-force winds drove spray into our faces like so many bullets.

“Guys,” I replied, “we have read God’s promises, sung about His deliverance and prayed for His protection three times in the last ten minutes. Now it’s time to be quiet and trust Him. If it will glorify God, or save some lost person, then God will not let us die. Even if this ferry sinks, or even if someone were to shoot us point-blank, we cannot be killed if God decides that tonight is not our time to die. On the other hand, if God sees that someone may be saved or some other good would come of our dying, then we are ready. We have confessed our sins, accepted His salvation and committed ourselves to Him. This is what faith means. It doesn’t matter whether we live or die tonight. To the Christian, that is the difference between a few more years of service on Earth or fast-forwarding to the resurrection.” With that, I lay back on the boxes of cargo and tried to catch up on my sleep.

“We thought you were crazy that night,” said my student over the phone. “We couldn’t see how you could just lie there when we were all about to die. But you know, you were right. It wasn’t our time yet, and God didn’t let us die. Now, whenever we get scared, we remember that night and your calm trust in God.”

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21).


May God continue to bless your ministry my brother.

By TED on January 23 2018, 1:56 am

Hi John! I appreciate reading your stories. They are uplifting and encouraging, and always have a nice message. Keep up the good work! We will be praying for your work there 😊

By Violet Kendall on February 10 2018, 5:56 pm

Wow! Very powerful. What a very strong faith in God. Thank you for sharing.

By edgarL3800 on March 24 2018, 10:46 pm

That is really powerful!  You know, they say with efforts and a little bit of faith, anything is possible. Anything can be conquered. Such is the power and greatness of the Lord. Galileo never would’ve discovered that the Earth is round if he didn’t have faith. Nothing would’ve worked in the first place, if people didn’t have faith. Faith, is that one last ray of hope when all else fails. It compels us to keep moving forward. I’ve recently started a small business of custom bomber *****ets. Although things doesn’t seem too well for it right now. But I have faith that He has a plan and that everything would be okay. “All good things to those, who wait”

By NoraChris on January 28 2020, 6:01 am

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