This letter is from Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ. I am writing to all of you who share the same precious faith we have, faith given to us by Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, who makes us right with God
(2 Peter 1:1
Some of you know my beloved wife, Vonette, my partner in life for over 53 years. We had both been very materialistic in our youth. But when we received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we discovered that there were other things far more important in life than making money, living in lovely homes and enjoying "the good life," which I promised when I proposed to her. I said we would travel the world and that we would live in prestigious Bel Air, California. I promised her everything her heart could desire before we were married. And, you know, she believed me!
But within a couple of years our desires and our interests had changed. We had both fallen in love with Jesus. I studied at two internationally acclaimed theological seminaries, Princeton and Fuller, for five years. I ran my business in the afternoons in California, and studied at the seminary in the mornings. Vonette was a vital part of everything I was doing. And it was together that one Sunday afternoon we came to the conclusion that knowing and serving Jesus were more important than anything else in all the world.
It was in that Spring of 1951, one memorable afternoon, that Vonette and I, in our home in the Hollywood Hills, got on our knees and prayed, "Lord, we surrender our lives irrevocably to you. We want to do your will. We want to love and serve you with all of our hearts for the rest of our lives."
We actually wrote and signed a contract committing our whole lives to Him, relinquishing all of our rights, all of our possessions, everything we would ever own, giving to Him, our dear Lord and Master, everything.
In the words of the apostle Paul, Vonette and I became voluntary "slaves" of Jesus that Sunday afternoon, by choice, as an act of the will. It was in his letter to the believers in Rome, chapter 1, verse 1, that Paul wrote of his love for Christ, and he said to the Christians
there in that great city: "This letter is from Paul, Jesus Christ's slave, chosen to be a missionary, and sent out to preach God's Good News" (TLB).
Approximately 24 hours after we signed the contract to be His slaves, He gave me a world-changing vision, which we call Campus Crusade for Christ. I believe that had there been no contract, there would have been no vision.
For over 50 years, I have always considered it my most liberating and greatest honor to be a slave of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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