Looking back

March 3, 2018

Looking Back

By Russell George

This article wasn’t written to bring glory to myself. It was written to give glory to God. In John 15:5 Jesus said “Without me ye can do nothing.” This article is to tell you what God did in and through me.

My Greatest Asset

My greatest asset has been the help of God. Without God’s help I couldn’t have done anything. I have nothing of which to boast. When God calls us to do a work for him he goes ahead of us and prepares the way. He works in the hearts of other believers to help us and provide for our needs. He made it possible for me to go to Bible college and seminary where godly teachers taught me Bible truth and told me how to serve God.

God opened doors for me to gain experience and learn from my mistakes. When God called us to go to Argentina as missionaries he led the mission board to accept us and then he opened the doors of churches to invite us to come and present our work.

When we arrived in Argentina he had an experienced missionary couple waiting to receive us and help us take our first steps in learning how to live in a foreign country. He also gave us the ability to learn the Spanish language so we could communicate with people there.

My Greatest Three Decisions

1. When I was a young man God opened my blind eyes to see my need of accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. First of all, I had to accept the fact that I was a sinner. Romans 3:23, says “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Then came the day when I did what Romans 10:9 says we need to do. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

2. Later God began laying on my heart my need to do what Romans 12:1 says we need to do. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” For a time I argued with God saying, “But God, I don’t have anything to offer you.” Later I realized that God just wanted me, not what I had to offer. Then I said to God in prayer, “Here I am, God. I’ll do what you want me to do.”

3. The third great decision I made was to ask Margaret Snakenberg to marry me. She was the one God had prepared for me. Through the years she has been my faithful, devoted wife.

My Greatest Struggle And Victory

After arriving in Argentina we sought God’s will about where we should start our first church. He led us to a suburb of Buenos Aires, populated by humble working class people. We bought a house there and I started going door to door letting people know why we were there. I was still struggling with the language and couldn’t make myself understood. When I finally made them understand that we were there to start a church many said, “Oh but, we don’t need another church here. We already have one.” By that they meant the Catholic church.

After some months of struggling with that handicap I got discouraged. I began saying to myself, “You will never be able to talk to these people. You may as well go back to the States where you can talk to people.”

After struggling with that decision for a week or more, I gained what I think was the greatest victory of my life. I began to reflect on all God had done to bring us to Argentina. I started saying to myself, “God didn’t lead me to spend three years of my life traveling around the country raising support if he didn’t want us here.” Then I said, “God wouldn’t have enabled us to spend nine months in language school if he wasn’t going to enable me to learn the language.” At last I said, “If God didn’t want me to be here, he wouldn’t have led churches and individuals to commit themselves to support us so we could be here.” I said, “I’m going to stay and trust God to enable me to learn the language.” He helped both my wife and I to learn the language and start three churches in Argentina.

If someone were to say to me: “If it were possible for you to live your life over again, what would you want to be?” I would say, “I want to again be the husband of Margaret Snakenberg.”

In Conclusion:

A life surrendered to the will of God, as we read in Romans 12:1, will never be a wasted life. All God needs from you is for your will to be surrendered to him. He will take your life and make of it something it would never be if you were to go your own way. If you still have your life ahead of you, my prayer for you is that you will accept Christ as your Savior, and then, that you will surrender your life to him. If you do these two things, you will never live to regret it.

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