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I Believe in You!

mart green (200x200) [1]My heart is glad every time I receive an email or phone call from my dear friend, Mart Green.

It’s partly because he’s always praising God for how he’s moving in Mart’s family, church, business, or the ministries he loves to serve.

But it’s also because Mart ends every email and phone call with these encouraging words, “Remember, I believe in you!”

This never ceases to amaze me.

Here is a man who carries responsibility for the well-being of thousands of people who work at Hobby Lobby, Mardel, Oral Roberts University, and ministries that are spreading the gospel around the world (see his bio [2]) … and yet he takes time to say that he believes in me.

It’s certainly not because I’m particularly talented or successful.

We’ve been friends long enough for Mart to know how weak and inadequate I can be.

But he also knows a lot of good theology.

So he knows that I am made in the image of God and have been adopted as his beloved child through faith in Christ (Gen. 1:27; Eph. 1:5; Col. 3:12).

He knows that God delights to use foolish, weak and inadequate believers like me to advance his kingdom (1 Cor. 1:27; Exod. 4:10-12).

He knows that God does this by giving each of us special gifts for strengthening his church (Rom. 12:6; 1Cor. 12:4-7).

And he knows that although we may struggle and stumble along the way, God will fulfill his promise to steadily transform us into the likeness of his Son as he uses us to build his kingdom (Phil. 1:6; Rom. 8:28-29; 2Cor. 3:18; Eph. 4:11-16).

So when Mart says “I believe in you,” I know that what he really means is “I believe God is going to continue doing good things to you, for you and through you … in spite of your limitations!”

And that encourages me … especially on days when I’m painfully aware of my failures or deficiencies.

You can have the same impact this week as you engage your spouse, children, friends, pastor, co-workers and fellow church members … anyone who might need some “wind under their wings.”

Just end your conversations and emails with the simple phrase Mart always leaves with me, “I believe in you.”

And when someone asks you why, be sure to share with them some of the theology mentioned above.

– Ken Sande

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