Take a New Step
In His Steps by Charles Monroe Sheldon is a classic among Christian literature. Though fictional the novel serves to inspire believers to live daily in this world as Jesus would live. Attempts have been made to modernize the story in print and in film, but I still find the original 1896 version to carry the most charm.
The book tells the story of Reverend Henry Maxwell who challenges his congregation to commit to live one entire year in which they will make no decision and take no action without first asking “What would Jesus do?” and then act accordingly.
Several congregants take up the pledge. What happens next turns the small town of Raymond upside down.
Edward Norman local newspaper man stops publishing a Sunday edition and refuses to run ads promoting unscriptural habits or activity. The paper loses money initially, but another pledger, Virginia Page, is impressed to donate a large sum to help support the creation if a truly Christian newspaper. She also donates to create housing for poor women.
Railroad superintendent, Alexander Powers, quits his job when he finds the company is breaking the law and willfully accepts a lower paying job with another company. Dr. Calvin Bruce visits Raymond and is moved by the transformations. He joins with Bishop Hampton to open the Settlement House in Chicago where poor persons can improve themselves and receive job training. Felicia Sterling opens a bakery to the betterment of the town.
More people are inspired by these examples as they see before their eyes what it really means and looks like when believers take Jesus at His Word and live obediently walking in His steps.
Again, here is Pastor Andrew’s Sunday text:
“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” (John 14:12-14)
Do you believe in Jesus?
Take your next step today.
To hear Pastor Andrew’s complete message, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Media’ for the July 14 message.
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