• “Keep on running even when you have had a fall. The victory wreath is won by him who does not stay down, but always gets up again, grasps the banner of faith and keeps on running in the assurance that Jesus is Victor.” – Basilea Schlink

The Principle of The Gospel by Jackie Pullinger

“The principle of the Gospel is this: the Gospel always brings life to the receiver, and death to the giver. If the Gospel brought [the ultimate sacrifice] to Jesus Christ, why would we think that in preaching the Gospel it would be any less for us?

So ‘Go’, he says. ‘If anybody would be my disciple, he must take up his cross and follow me’.

…And this is what Jesus said about his Father in John 10, ‘The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life, only to take it up again. No one takes it from me’. Jesus was not sentenced…by His Father; he was allowed to choose. ‘I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again’.

God the Father had this extraordinary plan of winning you and me for eternity by having his Son [pay the ultimate price]. But his Son voluntarily responded…he spent his whole life practicing. And even the night before, it was still difficult for Jesus. And he said, ‘God, is there another way? Is there another way?’

And I know many, many people in the church say, ‘Is there is another way?’ And in our Hong Kong churches, it does look as if there is another way. Normal Christians live a normal Christian life, go to meetings, jump up and down on stages – while we are exhausted and die. And they say, ‘Aw, you’ve got a special ministry, Jackie’. And I say, ‘Well no, I think we’re all called, to give up our lives. Would you like to do this with us? We’d really like some help’.

The poor people all over the earth, who have never heard of Jesus, they are the poorest people. They are desperate for food, they are desperate for blankets, they are desperate for medicine, they are desperate for water. The most number of people worldwide who have never heard about the love of our Lord Jesus Christ are desperately poor. And they are not going to come here to hear the Gospel. We have to go there.

So, why haven’t [we] gone? Something to do with guarding our life, and living a normal life, so other people can go. But I say, No, why don’t you all go, if you’ve tasted such good things? Go to the ends of the earth, because those poor aren’t going to watch Jesus on TV; they haven’t got electricity. They’re not going to hear about him unless we go.

So would you? I’m here with a plea for you. If you’ve known the love of God, if you’ve tasted of his sweetness at all, there’s no other way to serve him except giving up your life. And this is voluntary. This is not a sentence at all! We’re not sentenced to death, we’re just privileged to answer his call.”

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