Playing for Keeps – Single-minded Groom
Key Bible Verse: He died for everyone, so that those who receive his new life will no longer live to please themselves. – 2 Corinthians 5:15
Bonus Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:15-17
[Continued from yesterday] In Mexico my heart cried out to God, What can I do to awaken this nation to the life–changing gospel of Jesus Christ? Radio! We decided to get on the radio. There was only one problem. In Mexico, Christian radio was illegal. There’s got to be a way around this!
I came back to the U.S., transferred from my liberal arts college to Moody Bible Institute, organized a team of five, and headed back to Mexico. We started a bookstore. Then we went to the radio station. “We represent a bookstore. We want to advertise. We sell Bibles. The reason people don’t buy the Bible is that they don’t know what’s in it. We’d like to read from it in our commercial.” It worked. We read and explained the Scriptures over Mexican radio on a weekly, 15–minute program.
Back at Moody, I got engaged to Drena, and we were married just after graduating. We skipped the honeymoon and went straight to Mexico, trading our wedding cake for gas on the way. For six months we opened bookstores and evangelized. Then we moved to Franco’s Spain, which had little toleration for the gospel. I made it my home base while I studied Russian and prepared to launch into the Soviet Union. [Continued tomorrow]
—George Verwer in Amazing Faith
My Response: Do I find George Verwer’s passion attractive or bizarre? Why?
Thought to Apply: The sense of this word [enthusiasm] among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it: enthusiasm signifies God in us.—Germaine De Staël
Adapted from Amazing Faith (Moody, 2003)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, I want to fully follow You, even when it’s controversial or risky. Please give me the grit it takes.