“I decided I needed to read the Bible and figure out what all the fuss was about. I read it from cover to cover and then gave my life to Jesus Christ,” said my friend Bruce Cook.
“You read the Bible and understood it without any help and knew that’s what you needed to do?” I asked incredulously.
Love and Persistence Wins
“That’s right. The message of the Bible was clear. I understood God wanted me to be in a relationship with him, but my sin and attitude toward Him separated us. Jesus was the answer to this reconciliation,” he explained.
Bruce is a Georgia Tech grad who went to Harvard for his MBA. His classmates at Harvard were witnessing to him. He kept blowing them off, and then, one day, because of their love and persistence, he decided to read the Bible.
“A short time later I was to tell them my story of how I came into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” he said.
“That was fast. You just became a disciple of Christ,” I said.
My Stuttering Miracle
“That wasn’t a problem. My problem was stuttering. I couldn’t get a sentence out without stuttering. How was I going to tell my story to a group of people? My parents tried everything to get me past this issue but to no avail. So I avoided public speaking all my life,” he said.
“What happened?” I asked.
“I believed God wanted me to tell my story, so I agreed to do it. When I stood in front of the class, I was very nervous. I began to speak. I didn’t stutter once, and I never stuttered again for the rest of my life,” he said.
“That very day God gave me exactly what I needed to tell His story. I went on to use this gift to continue telling the story of what God did in my life. I spoke in all kinds of venues to all kinds of people all over the world,” he said.
“So you were given what you needed when you needed it,” I said.
Just in Time Spiritual Gifts
“Yes. But it only came when I stepped out of my comfort zone and trusted Him. Many Christians take spiritual gifts tests at their churches. They are more personality tests than spiritual gifts tests. These tests tell us what we already know about ourselves. We use the results as an excuse as to why we don’t serve or give or teach or evangelize,” he explained.
He went on, “God is bigger than that. God gives us the spiritual gift we need when we need it. If we are obedient by doing what He calls us to do, He will equip us with everything we need to succeed. That is God.”
Is God Calling You to Be a Table Host?
If God wants you to be a table host, then do it. He will give you what you need at just the right time. If you agree to be a table host and face rejection, where will you turn? To God. He gives us these opportunities to speak to draw us closer to Him.
Are you willing to trust Jesus?
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Charlie Paparelli is president of High Tech Ministries, angel investor and blogger. Twice each week email subscribers to his blog receive his thoughts on being a successful entrepreneur and Christian leader.