Taking care of each other through CP can impact lives, Smith sayscomment (0)
November 21, 2013
By Grace Thornton
In the time since Robert Smith became director of missions for Muscle Shoals Baptist Association, he’s seen two devastating tornadoes hit his county.
The first barely missed Smith’s house.
But it didn’t miss another man’s — a veteran who’d survived war and come home, then lost several family members when his house was blown away.
Smith felt unable to help him.
He thought, “Wouldn’t it just be great if we could somehow be a life changer for this man who had experienced the ravages of war and then lost his family?”
When Smith got back to his office and checked the mail, he found a check from the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.
“If you don’t think the Cooperative Program (CP) is important, think again,” he said. “We were able to go and help a little bit this young man who had lost everything.”
The bottom line of giving to the CP is to see the state and world know Jesus Christ, Smith said during his theme interpretation sermon Nov. 13.
Preaching from 2 Corinthians 12:7–10, he told those present that part of being a life changer is being willing to share Jesus while facing adversity.
“Adversity comes in many different ways and in many times in our lives,” Smith said, noting that Alabama has seen “unbelievable devastation” from tornadoes.
But, he said, “we witnessed the marvelous, awesome grace of God in the middle of that adversity.”
God changed lives, and Alabama Baptists “shined bright,” he said.
The apostle Paul also suffered great adversity for the gospel of Jesus Christ — even a “thorn in the flesh” — yet his attitude never changed, Smith said.
“Paul learned the sufficiency of Christ, the sufficiency of God’s grace,” he said. “People can see God in us when we let Jesus shine through our weakness.”
God is bigger than “whatever you’ve got going on in your life,” Smith said. God’s sovereignty is a great comfort as Christians seek to be life changers in tough situations, he said.
“If you want to change other people’s lives, support the CP, support disaster relief, support the people who go out there and get the job done, and God will honor you and bless you for doing it,” Smith said.