God Loves the World
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
Victoria put her arms around Aunt Grace and hugged her as hard as she could. "It's so hard to say good-bye, Aunt Grace," she said. "I wish you could stay with us instead of going back to Africa."
Aunt Grace set her suitcase on the floor and knelt down to look right into Victoria's eyes. "It's hard for me to say good-bye too, Torybell," she said. Torybell was the special name that only Aunt Grace called her. "I love you, and I've had so much fun staying at your house and playing with you. But you know something? I love Jesus even more. And Jesus loves the people in Cameroon that I work with. He wants them to have the Bible in their own language. That's why I have to go back. Jesus has called me to learn their language and translate His Word so they can read it and know of His love. And when Jesus calls, I have to follow. You understand, don't you?"
Victoria nodded. She closed her eyes to squeeze back the tears, and Aunt Grace gave her one more quick hug. "I'll pray for you, Aunt Grace."
Victoria stood next to her mom at the window of the airport, and they watched until Aunt Grace's plane was out of sight. Victoria looked up at her mom. "I'm going to pray every day for those people in Cameroon," she said.
"Let's make a point to pray together--every day," said Mom. "We'll pray that they'll read the Bible Aunt Grace is putting into their language and that God will save them."
Victoria was quiet as they walked to the car. Maybe someday I'll be like Aunt Grace and live in another part of the world, she thought. It would be hard to say good-bye to Mom and Dad. But it would sure be great to tell the world about God's love.
God loves the world and wants the whole world to know of His salvation.
» Am I praying for God to save people around the world?
» How can I show God that His love for the whole world is important to me?
Truth In Real Life
"I have been asked the question: 'Has God always given you just what you have asked for?' Oh no! For Him to have done so would have been great unkindness.”
Born May 6, 1864, near Kensington Gardens, London, Florence Rosalind Bell-Smith was considered talented even as a child. In 1885, she graduated from the Toronto School of Art and prepared to be a well-respected artist.
But God had other plans for Rosalind’s life. When she was twelve years old, she attended a revival meeting and heard the preacher preach from John 3:16. About that meeting, she wrote:
As he presented with great intensity and fervour the picture of the love of God, I yielded myself absolutely to the Lord Jesus Christ and stood up among others, publicly confessing Him as my Master.
From the time she was saved, Rosalind felt a strong tug-of-war between her love of art and her desire to serve God full-time with her life. She told the Lord that she wanted to get married someday, but only if the man was completely sold out to Christ. When she met Jonathan Goforth and saw how completely worn out his Bible was from being read so often, she thought this could very well be God’s choice for her husband.
Her love of art was overcome over time with a love for serving Christ. On February 4, 1888, the Goforths set sail for China, where they had great plans to spread the Gospel. Two weeks after they settled into their new home, it burned to the ground; and during their years in ministry, they lost five of their eleven children. But in the midst of all their trials and changes in plans, they found God completely sufficient.
Do you really believe that God is wise enough to plan your life? Do you believe His will is best, that it is definitely better than yours? Anything you plan for yourself is bound to be less wonderful than what God has in mind for His higher, better plans. God wants what will be ultimately best for your life, even more than you do!
Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.