When Acie Burleson encountered Jesus Christ as his Savior, he learned about the biblical command to deny himself, take up his cross, and follow the Lord as Matthew 16:24 states.
We live in a day and age where most Christians have lost a sense of urgency, and a passion to see lost souls come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ is severely waning. That’s why this story today about a man willing to be a ‘fool for Christ’ made my heart smile. I love stories like this, few and far between though they may be. It’s a much-needed reminded that time is of the essence, and that if we want to get something done for Jesus, we’d best do it now while time remains.
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:24-26 (KJV)
How well I remember the day, after being called of God to be a street preacher, I stepped out in faith to preach the word of God on the street corner here in Saint Augustine. I wrestled with that call for nearly a year before I accepted it. Since that March 24th day in 2012, I have been blessed with a little taste of what it means to be a ‘fool for Christ’ like Acie Burleson is experiencing now. I’ve been laughed at, spit on, mocked, had tracts stolen, threatened, you name it. But during that same time period I have seen God do great things, lives restored and souls saved. No other work I’d rather do than that.
So good for you, Acie, keep walking and don’t quit. For as CT Studd said all those years ago, “only one life, t’will soon be past, and only what’s done for Christ will last’.
‘I Was One Block Away From Killing Myself’
FROM CBN NEWS: “The moment that I gave my life to God, my life was radically changed, and that’s what makes this walk kind of easy — is Jesus,” Burleson shared in a recent video on Facebook. “Jesus is amazing.” Years later, he says he’s heard from God and has started a journey to literally carry the cross all the way to the Grand Canyon.
The 34-year-old has left his home in Andrews, South Carolina, and since March 11th he’s been traveling from town to town on back roads carrying a wooden cross he built.
“Anything to help get God’s word out,” Burleson said, waving at drivers.
“When I got saved, God called me out to be a walking memorial for him,” he said. “I’ve never done a long distance like this before. Most of the time it was just town to town. This is the big one. I’m going all out.”
Since the start of his journey, he has been sharing the gospel of Christ along the way, telling people to “pray and be ready for the coming of Christ.”
Burleson predicts it will take three months to get to the Grand Canyon. He carries a small tent with him, but he’s met so many generous people and churches along the way that he hasn’t had to use it.
He has multiple stories of miracles so far, including a woman being saved from suicide.
“There was a woman driving and she was just looking at me, so I waved like ‘Hello’ and kept walking. She then cut me off and is just falling out of her window weeping and crying,” Burleson told the Carolina News and Reporter.
“Just like that, crying, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh what’s wrong? What happened? Are you alright?’ and she said, ‘I was one block away from killing myself and you stopped me’,” he continued.
He’s glad he obeyed God because he almost didn’t carry his cross that day. But thanks to his wife and kids supporting him, he decided to walk, and that’s when he encountered the woman. “I wasn’t going to walk that day,” he said. “I didn’t feel like it, and my wife encouraged me to get up and go.”
Burleson says others have stopped and prayed with him alongside the road too. “One guy turned his car around and immediately started trembling and tearing up when he approached me,” Burleson said. “God knew he needed that that day.” READ MORE
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