Bible Studies for Life Sunday School Lesson for Nov- 2- Jesus Is The Only Savior
October 27 2008 by Sharon Johnson Pond, Founder of Other Side Jamaica and author

Focal Passage: Romans 9:33-10:15

Whenever I think about the word zeal, I think of a man I met many years ago when John and I were attending the Billy Graham School of Evangelism in conjunction with the Washington, D.C., Crusade. This man was a Messianic Jew and he told me, “I have such a zeal for going to my people and showing them that Jesus is our Messiah.”

His zeal was for God, but also according to knowledge of the scriptures (Rom. 10:2).

A few months later, this man, and his pastor, came to our house just before we went to Africa, to pray with us and for us. We read the Bible together, and had a time of singing and prayer. When the two men left, my mother said, “I feel like I have been a part of a worship service of the early church.” We were so moved, and I have prayed for this man, and his calling to his people throughout the 22 years since I met him.

Romans 10:14-15 are two of my favorite verses. Just before we packed our crate for Africa, I cross-stitched three pictures for John. The first was Isaiah 6:8; the second, was the chorus to the song Lord of the Harvest, and the third was Romans 10:14-15. Those pictures now hang in John’s office at the Mission Resource Center of the West Chowan Baptist Association, as they have hung in every office he has had since I gave them to him. Along with the verse, the picture with the verse from Romans has a cross-stitched world with the shadow of a cross covering it. I think that this is my favorite because it represents God’s call in our lives, in Quebec, Jamaica, or wherever He sends us to “bring glad tidings of good things” (v. 15).

Verse 12b of chapter 10 states for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. How true that is, and every day I am amazed that He allows me to partake of His riches, not worldly riches, but the wonderful privilege of being a part of His work and calling me to take His gospel of peace anywhere He sends me. I am so grateful that God has allowed me to work with the women of Elim, Jamaica, and pray that He gives me tireless zeal to work in His field there.

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