It was Dr Billy Graham who said many years ago that “One with God is a majority" and now Billy is approaching his 90th birthday. I had the privilege and pleasure and joy of attending his School of Evangelism in London in 1966.
The leadership given by the whole team during that week was impressive, motivational and instructive.
One day a lady criticized evangelist D. L. Moody for his methods of evangelism in attempting to win people to the Lord Jesus Christ. Moody's reply was: “I agree with you. I don't like the way I do it either. Tell me, how do you do it?" The lady replied, “I don't do it. " Moody responded “I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it. " We can learn so much about evangelism and leadership from these men who have walked with God for many years.
"If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don't like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself. " It was Augustine who wrote these words and they ring so true today.
"Joy is the byproduct of obedience. " I do not know who said or write these words but as I prepare to return to Kenya to speak and teach at Pastors and Leaders Seminars in the slums of Nairobi and then away out in the country in western Kenya I find these words so encouraging. I would assume that the byproduct of disobedience is the opposite!
"My greatest thought is my accountability to God" said Daniel Webster, and that inspires and motivates me too and gets me going. Jesus taught us that one day we will be answerable for every careless word we have spoken. Does that also go for wasted moments and talents unused? And, what else will be answerable for on that day?
'Not called!’ did you say? ‘Not heard the call, ’ I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. ’ It is when we come across words like these from former pioneering leaders that we have to re-examine our stance.
"The Christian life is almost an impossible one and it is seldom easy. You must enter through the narrow where you must leave everything behind and be stripped naked of yourself. You must get rid of your pride. " It is only after leaders themselves are challenged that they can dare to go and challenge others.
This whole calling Divine becomes more difficult as the years go by. That has been my experience and has now become part of my testimony.
Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children's Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.
He broadcasts regularly on WSHO radio out of New Orleans, and writes a weekly commentary at http://www.studylight.org entitled “Word from Scotland" on various biblical themes, as well as a weekly newspaper column.
His M. A. and B. D.degrees are from The University of Edinburgh, and he continues to run and exercise regularly to maintain a level of physical fitness.