During World War I, Keiichi FukayaÂ felt honoured to wear his uniform asÂ he served in the Japanese army. He hadÂ great responsibilities keeping a constantÂ watch on the troop movements inÂ China. In order to keep his job heÂ was expected to bow to a picture ofÂ Emperor Hirohito. However, he feltÂ something was not right. In his heart heÂ knew that although Emperor HirohitoÂ had a great deal of power, he was notÂ God. But he continued to bow to theÂ pictures in spite of his conviction.
After the war, Mr. Fukaya returnedÂ to his family in Tokyo. About thatÂ time, a missionary who had recentlyÂ come from England, began to tell themÂ about a God who wanted all of manâ€™sÂ worship and would not share HisÂ glory with another. He also told themÂ about Godâ€™s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ,Â who came into this world to save lostÂ sinners. Mr. Fukaya was particularlyÂ disturbed when the missionary toldÂ them about the consequences of sin,Â because he knew that he had sinned.
Mrs. Fukaya was the first to acceptÂ the gospel message, and she began toÂ witness to her husband. Often whenÂ Mr. Fukaya opened his lunch box atÂ work, he found cards with words fromÂ the Bible such as, â€œFor all have sinnedÂ and come short of the glory of Godâ€, andÂ â€œIt is appointed unto men once to die, butÂ after this the judgment.â€ Finally, Mr.Â Fukaya accepted the Gospel messageÂ of John 3:16, â€œFor God so loved the worldÂ that He gave His only begotten Son, thatÂ whosoever believeth on Him should notÂ perish, but have everlasting life.â€ ThatÂ day Mr. Fukaya bowed before theÂ true sovereign, the God of Heaven,Â and thanked Him for His Son and forÂ eternal life.
The Lord Jesus not only died, butÂ rose from the dead. The apostle PaulÂ tells us that â€œGod also hath highly exaltedÂ Him, and given Him a name which isÂ above every name: that at the name ofÂ Jesus every knee should bow â€¦ and thatÂ every tongue should confess that JesusÂ Christ is Lordâ€ (Philippians 2:9-11).
In many countries people pray toÂ lifeless statues of stone and wood thatÂ do not have any ability to save. OthersÂ bow in spirit before political leaders,Â movie stars, or sports heroes. HoweverÂ God asks us to bow to Him alone. HeÂ asks us to believe His Word and toÂ honour His Son with our faith andÂ obedience. Whom do you serve andÂ worship?
â€œI am the Lord â€¦ and my glory will IÂ not give to anotherâ€ (Isaiah 42:8).
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