"Jesus answered, 'Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.'"1
I read how a mother with young children was out jogging when she was attacked and killed by a mountain lion in California. Trackers with dogs hunted down the lion and destroyed it but they spared the lion's cubs.
A fund was set up to help raise and educate the woman's children. Another fund was also established—one to help care for the mountain lion's cubs.
You've probably already guessed the outcome—the lion's cubs received more financial help than the dead woman's children.
It's becoming increasingly alarming where people's priorities are today. According to Chuck Colson, "Christian bashing" has become very popular in many circles today. Abortion doesn't mean a thing to millions of Americans. Homosexuality has become more and more acceptable by the masses, and, tragically, gay marriage is being accepted even by some church leaders.
The fact is that the masses have great power. As Richard Halverson pointed out "People Power" is a mighty force. Even in business if people don't buy a particular product no matter how good it is, it goes off the market. It's as simple as that.
People have the power to close down any operation—or prosper it! For example, pornography prevails because enough people want it, buy it, watch it, listen to it, and read it. It is extremely profitable because countless people prosper it!
People Power has also prospered the tobacco industry, the liquor industry, the movie industry, the abortion "industry" and a hundred thousand other products and industries—some of great value, some of little or no value whatsoever, and some that are totally destructive of individuals, families, and society.
A few years back one very prosperous soft drink company—made prosperous by People Power—had a goal to give everybody in the world a taste of their product in a matter of a few years. As a result just about anywhere you go you can see the familiar insignia of Coca-Cola.
And we Christians have had the "Water of Life" for 2,000 years and still millions of people around the world have never had a chance to drink of the water that Jesus offered to the woman of Samaria. As Jesus put it, "Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
People Power. The same principle applies to publishing and communicating the gospel. God's people have the power to prosper it. Or close it down. It, too, is as simple as that!
Here in ACTS International we had been publishing printed gospel literature for three decades. It has been used by several thousand churches, scores of chaplains in hospitals, prisons, and military bases around the world. Thousands have been helped to find the Savior as a result. But because of a lack of "People Power" to support it, we could no longer afford to print it.
However, we are still totally committed to publishing the gospel, now through e-mail and the Internet from our U.S. office. Currently we are reaching mega thousands of people worldwide actually every day through Daily Encounter and the Internet, but with increased "People Power" support we could be reaching millions more—millions who desperately need the Savior.
So, will you please prayerfully consider supporting the gospel ministry of ACTS International to ensure that we will have sufficient "People Power" to keep us reaching the lost with the gospel? You can do this through one or both of the following ways: (1), by becoming a badly needed monthly financial supporter at: https://actscom.com/donate.php, and/or (2), by joining with us as a People Power Partner at: www.actsweb.org/people_power.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please show me how I can join with others and become a part of "People Power" to help reach millions of people around the world with the gospel and thereby be a part of what you are doing in the world today. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. John 4:13-14 (NIV).