Did they know?



“I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in Me will no longer remain in the dark.” John 12:46


NOTE: Through the life and work of Bill Bright, God has touched the lives of billions of people around the world. He started out an agnostic with no interest in God. What happened? Through the prayers of his mother and the actions of a few faithful people God, changed Bill Bright’s heart and mind and dreams and goals…


In 1945, I was a young businessman in Hollywood with the whole world before me. I was working long hours, chasing the American dream of building my own business and financial fortune. Frankly, I was off to a promising start. But from my first day in California, something unexpected and unusual began to happen to me – something that can only be accounted for by the sovereign, invisible, loving hand of God.


I arrived in Los Angeles and was on my way to Pasadena when I happened to pick up a hitchhiker by the side of the road. Back then, this was a simple act of kindness, though it would be risky nowadays. This particular hitchhiker was a friendly young man who kindly invited me to spend the night in the home of Dawson and Lily Trotman, the founder of The Navigators. Later that same evening, I was invited to the home of Charles Fuller, another prominent Christian leader of the time, for his son’s birthday party. How was I, an unbeliever, spending my first night in LA in the homes of two of the greatest Christian leaders of the twentieth century? In retrospect, it must have simply been God answering the prayers of my saintly mother, who had been interceding for me all my life.


Over a year passed and I was invited to visit the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. It had a vibrant young-adult group that immediately attracted me. They had a special quality about them – a positive charisma that I had never seen in such abundance. Church had not meant much to me before this time, but these people had an infectious spirit about them. Over a period of months, I was forced to confront my own spiritual condition.


Inspired, I dug out my old Bible and read it voraciously. Then, with the help of Dr. Henrietta Mears, my teacher, and Dr. Louis Evans, my pastor, I came to understand that Jesus was actually much more than the greatest man to ever live: He was God incarnate, walking among mankind so that we could know and love Him in the fullest sense. I surrendered my life to Him and have never looked back!


…Bill Bright started his life far away from God, but through the actions and example of Christians around him, God led Bill to place his trust in Christ and begin a personal relationship with the Creator and Savior. Did those people know that their efforts reached far more than one man? Did they know that their faith would be multiplied in the lives of the billions who would hear about Christ through the life and ministry of Bill Bright? Maybe not. They were simply faithful to do what the Master asked them to do. You and I can do the same. Who knows what He will do from there!


Your View of God Really Matters…

God may not be calling you to be the next Bill Bright, but He could use you to reach the next Bill Bright with the gospel! Are you setting an example for your non-Christian friends? How are you showing them the love of Christ today? Are you being faithful to do what He asks you to do?


Read God’s Word Today…

Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”


Romans 10:17 ESV “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”


GOD, because you are personal, I can show others how to know You today.


Based on the writings of Bill Bright

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