Friday, July 13, 2012

David Livingston: Mercy & Faithfulness


   Over the last few weeks I have been writing about a document I keep on the desktop of my computer entitled, “My Motivation.” It is designed to remind and inspire and focus me toward Christ-centered living, but it’s comprised of pictures rather than words. Nine of the fifteen pictures are of various men of God who inspire me for a number of reasons, the fifth of whom is one of my pastors from Bethlehem Baptist Church, David Livingston.
   I first met Pastor David in the summer of 1990. I was new to Bethlehem and he was teaching the new members class at the time. I was immediately struck by his love for Jesus, his love for people, and his boldness in evangelism. As we got to know each other a little better, I shared my story with him and he helped me work through some issues that were plaguing me in those days. I had known Jesus for only three years and I really needed men in my life who were mature, wise, and merciful in the Lord. Pastor David was one of those men, and for that I am eternally grateful to the Lord.
   As the years have progressed, Pastor David has continued to play an important role in my life. The thing that’s perhaps impacted me most is the simple fact that he’s still there. He’s remained faithful to the Lord, to his wife and children, to his church, and more personally to me. When I was going through a pretty serious season of doubt, his faithfulness to the Lord and others is part of what kept me hanging on. When we started Glory of Christ, he met with me twice per month for a year or two to provide me with pastoral support, encouragement, and accountability. By the sustaining power of Christ, Pastor David has persevered in his love for Christ, other believers, and the lost, and bottom line, he’s been there. He’s remained faithful.
   The reason Pastor David has remained faithful to God and others is because God is faithful to him. God has done it all and therefore God gets all the glory. So, praise be to God for David Livingston whose life has demonstrated such mercy and faithfulness!
   Longing with you to be faithful to the end,
   Pastor Charlie

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