For two years Luther Rice struggled with the burden of his lost state. It was so bad that it impaired his health and his jovial spirit. He fell into a deep depression, and it was finally when he humbled himself and submitted to God that he realized it wasn’t about what Scripture he memorized or how much good he did. He realized it was Christ’s work that saved a man. After his conversion Luther decided not to go about the “nominal” Christian life that so many people at the time were living but rather yield his members unto the service of God.
Rice was a man of action, so he was an active soul-winner, started a bible study, and tried to get others in his church involved in the same activities. It seems that whatever Luther found himself doing he did it with all that was in him, and the same was true with his gospel witness. It was said that his activities were an embarrassment to his pastor and church for neither shared the same burden. Could you imagine being a new Christian wanting to serve God and bring others to him and your own church family doesn’t encourage you; instead they actually possibly discourage you from your work? It didn’t just stop with his church; Luther’s own family didn’t want him to be involved in such a radical lifestyle. However, the discouragement didn’t stop Luther Rice from trying to get the Gospel out. He kept a good attitude and a sweet spirit and heart to tell others of the wonderful grace he found in Jesus Christ. Luther Rice actually start two Bible studies/prayer meetings in his neighborhood, and one of the meeting places was in the house a Baptist.
One of the many things that I love about the story of Luther Rice is that he just did something, and it didn’t matter how much opposition was in his life. Luther Rice was going to tell others about Jesus, and neither his family nor his church was going to get in his way. He was a witness for Christ and nothing was going to stop or rob him of his joy. I wonder if this is true for my life? How many times have I refrained from giving the Gospel. What obstacles have been in my way to keep me from sharing the good news about Jesus? Do I hand out tracts on a regular basis? What if my family discouraged me from and ridiculed me for telling others about Jesus? Would I stop?I don’t know how I would answer many of those questions because I go to a great church and have a family that encourages me to witness. You are probably in the same boat as me, so the real question is are you active in getting the gospel out? Do people know you as a Gospel Proclaimer?