May 31, 2020

Pastoral Nuggets: Why I Do What I Do

A week or so ago, I received a call from a friend who is a member of one of my churches.

My friend asked, “Will you do me a favor?” I replied, “If I possibly can.”

He continued, “I want you to go and visit my brother and witness to him about accepting Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior.”

He continued, “The reason I’m asking you to do this, is because my brother has faithfully listened to your radio broadcast for many years. And although you do not know him, he has developed a rapport with you.  He even refers to you as Brother Aaron.  But before you answer me, I want you to know that he was recently diagnosed with cancer and that he has lived a pretty rough lifestyle.  But again, I believe he will listen to you.”

He told me that he was taking his brother to the doctor later on that day. So, I told him to ask his brother if he was okay with me coming to see him and talking to him about Jesus. He called me back later that afternoon and told me that his brother was okay with me coming and he gave me his address and phone number.

The next day I called his brother and told him I was coming to see him and what time I would be there. When I got there, his brother was glad to see me and welcomed me into his home.

After a few minutes of polite conversation, I turned to the matter at hand. (And by the way, it was a conversation he was eager to have!) I was able to read to him the Romans Road to Salvation (Salvation scriptures found in the Book of Romans) talk more with him, and lead him to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. He accepted Him as his personal Lord and Savior. Praise the Lord!

Why did I tell you that story? To illuminate the fact that as we do what we have been called to do for Jesus, we don’t always know who is being influenced by our faithfulness.

For somewhere around 25 years, every week, I have prayed over, prepared, preached, recorded, edited, delivered, and uploaded sermons for the Fresh Fire Ministries Radio Broadcasts. And I have watched God make a way for this ministry where there was no way. You would be surprised at the stories I’ve been told as to where people listen to these broadcasts.

One lady told me she cleans chicken houses every Sunday and that I’m her church each week! Others listen in the factory at 2:00 AM.

Waitresses and cooks listening in local restaurants.  Business owners you wouldn’t suspect listen. And you would be astounded at some of the testimonies I’ve heard from people as to how God took a specific sermon and used it to meet a need in their life!

One man even told how he was about to commit suicide by vehicle when the broadcast came on the radio. God used it to intervene and prevented him from taking his life.

Again, why I am telling you all of this? To make you understand that, more often than not, there isn’t much glory or fanfare associated with doing the mundane, routine ministry stuff. Listen, while I do love preaching, I don’t get excited about recording, editing, and uploading sermons … every week!  And every week rolls around quickly and regularly!

And it’s a job! So sometimes God has to allow things to happen in my life that remind me just why it is that I do what I do. Such is the case with my story today. I don’t know how many years this gentleman has been listening to the radio broadcasts.

He may have been listening for the entire twenty-five plus years I’ve been on the radio. I don’t know!

However, I’m quite sure he knows nothing of the effort that has to be put forth to produce these weekly broadcasts. And you know what? It’s okay! It doesn’t matter! Why? Because he got saved! And that’s why me and every other God called preacher do what we do – for souls to be saved!

Now, I know somebody is reading this and thinking that I’ve lost my mind talking about a radio ministry in a newspaper column.

But do you know what? This weekly newspaper column is just like the radio ministry; it affords me an audience with people that I ordinarily wouldn’t have. Just as with the radio ministry, I can tell you story after story of people who have been touched by this column.

In fact, some of you are probably just like my friend’s brother. I don’t know you, but you’ve read my ramblings long enough now that you have developed a rapport with me!

I have said what I said in this column today, not to brag on me, but to brag on Jesus! And to simply say, this is why I do what I do!

Brother Aaron   

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