“Think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth…” 1 Cor 1:26
Commenting on this passage, Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett, authors of When Helping Hurts, state, “For His own glory, God has chosen to reveal His kingdom in the place where the world, in all of its pride, would least expect it, among the foolish, the weak, the lowly, and the despised.” This is Jody’s story and the premise behind Mercy Speaks. While Jody may not be considered influential in the “world’s eyes, his story is influential none the less.
In this first installment of Mercy Speaks, God reveals Himself majestically and magnificently in the life of a man who came to Jefferson Street Baptist Center broken, depressed and without hope. The restoration and reconciliation found in and through Jesus Christ is made evidently clear in Jody’s final words “I love God and I know that God loves me!” These are simple words, but also words that are utterly profound as they reveal the true and lasting change that only the Gospel can bring.
I want to thank you for joining Jody and the rest of us here at Jeff Street as we celebrate the Lord whose mercies are “new every morning.” I also want to thank William Wallace of Wallace Films, who brought Jody’s story to life in such a powerful way.
If you are moved by this story, I encourage you to share that reality with us by sending notes of encouragement and praying for the Gospel-centered work of Jefferson Street Baptist Center to continue in the lives of individuals like Jody. Furthermore, please consider becoming a monthly supporter of the Lord’s work at JSBC. However the Lord is calling you to be involved in the lives of the homeless and hurting, do so remembering that “Mercy speaks through Jesus’ blood.”
May God Richly Bless You As You Enjoy His Amazing Grace!