As I look at the world we live in today, there’s a lot of unwanted and unappreciated violence – Children being abused, spouses facing brutality, babies aborted or misused. God is not pleased. Vehicle stereo systems blast constantly with derogatory language. Individuals curse at random in the stores and on the streets. Then I remember what Jesus did. He forgave the woman that sinned with a man, even being caught in the very act. He told her to go and sin no more (see John 8:11).

After that he poured water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. (John 13:5)

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:8)

Through His servant’s heart and gentle spirit, Jesus ministered to the lowly, hurting and broken people when others would have nothing to do with them. He would reach out to them and they would respond to His beckoning call.

We’re called to be ambassadors of God. It is our Christian duty to let our light shine among men. We must make every effort to reach the unreachable while we do the impossible, because we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21)

Will you respond to the Lord’s call?


Bishop Derek E. Eurales, Sr. has been pastor of First Opportunity Free Will Baptist Church in Carrier Mills, Illinois, since December 1988 and continues to stand on and preach the “Word”. He oversees the Southern Illinois Annual of Free Will Baptists (Western Division). To read his full biography, click here. Feel free to contact him today to share your testimony!