Dr. James Alexander Stewart wrote in his autobiography, I Must Tell, about the wisdom and influence of his mother.
James Stewart’s father was very sick and the whole family had to work to help keep the family together. When he was six years old, James told his mother that he would help by working for the farmer next door. Over the few next years he had many jobs, including delivering milk, newspapers and morning rolls.
Dr. Stewart said the biggest thing in his life was soccer. By 8 and 10 years of age, his skill was so good that he played with boys much older than himself. His headmaster at school said, “James is a genius at sports.”
James’ father passed away when he was fourteen years old and every spare moment of his life was given to perfecting his soccer skills. Sports leaders were already speaking of James turning pro by the age of 16. He was gifted!
His mother had prayed before James was born that God would use her son for the salvation of souls. Her son was gifted and talented. The world desired his talents and offered him fame, pleasure and money.
James Stewart’s mother claimed Romans 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” His mother made sure her son went to church. Dr. Stewart said, “My mother made sure that I sat under the best gospel message.” She believed the Bible and honored God’s Word. Though James had the ability to be a star soccer player, he instead went on to become a world-famous missionary, evangelist and author.
Mom and dad, Be faithful to church! The souls of our children and grandchildren are the target of the devil.