Monday, November 4, 2013

What Is God Doing In The American Oilfield? Take A Look At This Fresh Perspective From Two Men Who Know!

O i l f i e l d

Occupation is No Barrier

Good News in Montana

No one told me about the Gospel (Good News) while growing up in my Montana farm and ranch community. The Good News impacted me before it reached my twin brother. I had never heard the preaching of the Gospel. What is the Gospel? The Gospel in the Good News of Jesus Christ’s birth, death and resurrection which is talked about in God’s Word. In 1976, a man shared the meaning of the Good News. He showed me from God’s Word, the Bible, that I was a sinner in the eyes of God: “For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.” Romans 3:23a. We all have sin in our hearts. We were born with sin. I found out: “the wages of sin is death..." Romans 6:23a. I already knew everyone faces physical death, but now I understood about spiritual death. Because of my sins, I would be separated from God for eternity - unless my relationship with God was repaired. According to the Scriptures, there is nothing I can do to repair my relationship with God – only God can do that! God, in His LOVE, created a plan which would reunite His fallen creation to Himself. "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 Christ paid the price for all sin. I asked God to forgive me. I called upon Jesus Christ to save me. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13 Salvation is a gift from God – it cannot be earned. Romans 6:23b "...but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Good News in the Oilfield

God began to burden my heart to tell my family about Jesus Christ. My twin brother was working in the oilfields of Wyoming and Utah. He did not know about the Good News. The Lord showed his great love for me and I wanted my brother to know God's love too. In 1979, after much prayer, I resigned my teaching job. My family and I loaded up our car and the rental truck and moved over 600 miles to Heber City, Utah. I went to work for my brother in the oilfield. I invited him to a Sunday night service. During the invitation to trust Christ as his personal Saviour, he raised his hand to show he was ready. By God’s grace, I had the privilege of sharing Jesus Christ with my twin brother. He understood Romans 5:8 which says: "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." My brother called upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to save him! We spent the next three years working together on drilling rigs. Together, we shared the Gospel of Christ to different men we came into contact with. We told them about the LOVE, MERCY and GRACE of the Lord Jesus Christ. God changes lives in any profession, even the oilfields of America. Over those three years I had the privilege of sharing the Gospel to several men working in the oilfield. I witnessed God convicting others to repent and call upon the name of Jesus Christ as their Savior. I spent thirty-two years in the field of education and five years in the oilfield. I am retired now and live on a ranch in southeastern Montana. Occupation is no hindrance to God’s love. I continue to see God working in people’s lives.

Good News From My Twin Brother

“I began my career in the oilfield in 1974 in Lyman, Wyoming. I started in 'worm's corner', the lowest position on the rig there was. Over the next seventeen years, I advanced to working in all positions on a drilling rig including Tool Pusher. I did not realize I was a lost soul until 1979. That's when my brother came to work for me. He began witnessing to me about the saving power of Jesus Christ. I was living in Heber City, Utah at the time and I was invited to a Baptist church. The next thing I knew, I was going to church three times a week and enjoying the preaching and teaching of God's Word. Then, all of a sudden, we ran into a verse from Romans 3:23: 'For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.' Two parts of this verse stuck in my mind. The first is: 'all have sinned.' The second was: 'short of the glory of God.' That described me. I was taught through God's Word that sin started with Adam and Eve and was passed down from generation to generation until present time. I acknowledged my sin to God and called upon the Lord to save me. Have you thought about your need of a Saviour?”

Good News for You

The Lord says:"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:20a. Is Jesus knocking on your heart's door? Believe in Him. Will you call upon Him? Ask Him to come in to your heart by faith. Trust Him as your Savior today.     C.D.

Scripture verses are quoted from the King James Version (KJV).