Not too long ago a friend re-introduced me to the ministry of Anne Graham Lotz. She is the daughter of Billy Graham and he calls her “the best preacher in the family.” She is the founder of AnGel Ministry and the New York Times called her one of the five most influential evangelists of this generation.
I am reading her book, Just Give Me Jesus and have found some of her thoughts/ words to be very compelling. In part she says about Jesus:
“He is enduringly strong. He is entirely sincere. He is eternally steadfast. He is immortally gracious. He is imperially powerful. He is impartially merciful. He is the greatest phenomenon that has ever crossed the horizons of the globe.
He is God’s son. He is the sinner’s savior. He is the captive’s ransom. He is the breath of life. He is the centerpiece of civilization. He stands in the solitude of Himself. He is the God of second chance, the fat chance, the slim chance, the no chance.
He guards the young. He seeks the stray. He finds the lost. He guides the faithful. He rights the wronged. He avenges the abused. He defends the weak. He comforts the oppressed. He welcomes the prodigal. He heals the sick. He cleans the dirty. He beautifies the barren. He restores the failure. He mends the broken. He blesses the poor. He fills the empty. He clothes the naked. He satisfies the hungry. He elevates the humble. He forgives the sinner. He raises the dead.
His office is manifold, and His promise is sure. His life is matchless and His goodness is limitless. His mercy is enough and His grace is sufficient. His reign is righteous, His yoke is easy and His burden is light. He is indestructible. He is indescribable. He is incomprehensible. He is inescapable. He is invincible. He is irresistible. He is irrefutable.
I can’t get Him out of my mind. And I can’t get Him out of my heart. I can’t outlive Him and I can’t live without Him.
He is the seven-way King. He is the King of the Jews…that’s a racial King. He is the King of Israel…that’s a national King. He is the king of righteousness…that’s a moral King. He is the King of the ages…that’s an eternal King. He is the King of heaven…that’s a universal King. He is the King of glory…that’s a celestial King. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!”
In light of whom Jesus is and regarding all of life’s cares and concerns, Anne says, “I don’t want to escape. I don’t want to quit. I don’t want sympathy. I don’t even want a miracle. Just give me Jesus!”
Perhaps this week you and I ought to do a quick inventory of our life and its struggles. Let’s put them against the backdrop of Jesus and we too can shout: “JUST GIVE ME JESUS!”
By His Grace and for His Glory,
Sherry L. Worel