"Mission Possible" is a book by Hans Christian
which gives an account of his Christian missions into Russia and western
European countries. He smuggled bibles into these countries and there is
one account of him smuggling a family out of a country where several
There is one chapter that tells of his life during his teen years. His family was living in Germany and had gone to church since he was born. A new church opened up so he and a friend decided to go to it one Sunday. It was so different from what he was used to. The minister at the new church used more Scripture in that one sermon than his usual minister used all year.
After the service, Hans shook the preacher's hand. The preacher asked him, "Have you been saved?" Hans said, "I was baptized when I was a baby and later confirmed." The preacher said, "Yes, but have you been saved?"
A few days later a friend of Hans met him on the street and Hans noticed something different about the guy. Hans asked, "What's going on? You look different." The boy said, "I've been saved!" Hans realized that he didn't have what that friend had. He realized that being baptized when an infant and being confirmed doesn't cut it. He wanted what his friend had so he gave his life to Jesus Christ.
After that happened, he started telling everybody he met about Jesus Christ. He did this for a long time but realized that no one was giving their life to Jesus because of his witnessing. One night when he said his prayers, he knelt by his bed as usual and started praying out loud. He started crying out to God saying, "Lord, what is wrong? Why aren't people turning to You? What am I doing wrong?" He was weeping as he prayed. Then he prayed, "Lord fill me with your Holy Spirit." The next time he opened his mouth to pray a language he did not know came out of his mouth. He wondered what was happening. He stopped and when he started again the same language came out of his mouth. He was speaking in tongues as the believers did on the day of Pentecost. It was a sign that he had been filled with the Holy Spirit.
The main way he knew he had been filled with the Holy Spirit came the next day. There was a man he would meet every day. He would talk to him about Jesus every time he saw him with no results. That day he asked the man if he knew Jesus. The man came under conviction at that moment! More people started giving their lives to Jesus Christ as he talked to them after that.
This didn't just happen to him but to everyone in his youth group. It happened so much that the group was outgrowing their building!
Wouldn't it be great if we could fill our churches with people who have truly given their lives to Jesus Christ? We cannot do it by ourselves. See what Jesus said to the disciples in Luke 24: "Then he opened their understanding to understand the scriptures, and said to them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved the Christ to suffer, and to rise from among the dead the third day; and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all the nations beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but do ye remain in the city till ye be clothed with power from on high." (Acts 24:45-49)
They went to Jerusalem and prayed every day until the following happened on the day of Pentecost as seen in Acts 2: "And when the day of Pentecost was now accomplishing, they were all together in one place. And there came suddenly a sound out of heaven as of a violent impetuous blowing, and filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues, as of fire, and it sat upon each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave to them to speak forth." (Acts 2:1-4 Darby, J. N., 1890 Darby Bible, Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc. 1995.)
What happened on that day after they were filled with the Holy Spirit? They were endued with power. The Greek word for this type of power is dynamos which is where we get our word "dynamite". It is the most powerful force in the universe and because of this power 3000 gave their life to Jesus Christ!
If you have given your life to Jesus Christ then you are to obey ALL his commandments. The last commandment he gave was to go and make disciples! That means anywhere you go, as you go, make disciples! You cannot do it by yourself, you must be filled with the Holy spirit and the power He gives for people to come under conviction. If you go in your own power, you will be like Hans before he was filled - not bringing anyone to Jesus Christ even though he was talking to everyone about Jesus.
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior, repent of your sins and ask Him to come into your heart. Then ask for the filling of the Holy Spirit so you can be clothed with the power to truly make disciples!
By Dean W. Masters
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