I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.
Among the original inhabitants of New Guinea lived the tribe of the Tuaripes. A few decades ago many of them accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ. The missionaries also translated the New Testament into their tribal language. After years of arduous labour the work was completed and the first printed copies could be distributed. The leader of the regional office of the Bible Society visited the Tuaripe tribe to witness the occasion.
When the small mission aircraft landed there for disembarkation, suddenly warlike figures appeared from the bush, swinging their spears and running towards the aircraft.
The representative of the Bible Society reported on this occasion he was so terrified that for the first time in his life he forgot to take photos. When the plane was surrounded, the chief of the tribe appeared and ordered his warriors back.
“If the gospel had not brought light into our hearts,” he explained to the visitor, “my warriors would have killed you, as they did to every stranger twenty years ago.”
The Word of God is indeed “living and powerful” (Hebrews 4, 12); it can change men’s hearts completely. The gospel is “the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes”. Your life, too, can be thoroughly changed for the better. You can become a totally new person, if you turn to God and receive Jesus Christ into your life by faith.