“I have heard their groans and sighs, and seen their tears, and I would give every drop of blood in my veins to free them” –Harriet Tubman, Harriet, the Moses
If there is one thing that I love, it is true testimonials of the lives of people who have fallen into the hands of the Living God (Luke 24:48). I enjoy learning of where they came from, how the Lord converted them (Psalm 19:7), and once they were converted, what it is the Lord empowered them to do by His grace (Ephesians 2:8).
“Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.” -Colossians 1:29
Once such person in our history who experienced this was Harriet Tubman.
Harriet Tubman was born a slave, her parents named her Araminta “Minty” Ross. She changed her name in 1849 when she escaped. She adopted the name Harriet after her mother and the last name Tubman after her husband. She was deeply Christian (Acts 11:26) and according to her it was her Christian beliefs that gave her courage to rescue friends and family over and over again (Jude 1:23). Harriet also remained illiterate for her entire life.
Harriet Tubman was the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad. In a decade she guided over 300 slaves to freedom; abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison thought she deserved the nickname “Moses”. She worked hard to save money to return and save more slaves. In time she built a reputation and many Underground Railroad supporters provided her with funds and shelter to support her trips.
During the Civil War, Tubman served as a nurse, cook, laundress, spy and scout. After the Emancipation Proclamation she returned to Auburn where she lived the rest of her life. She opened her doors to those in need. With donations and the proceeds of her vegetable garden she was able to support herself and those she helped. She raised money to open schools for African Americans and gave speeches on Women’s rights. Her dream was to build a home for the elderly and in 1908 the Harriet Tubman Home for the Elderly was inaugurated.
The Prince of Preachers Charles Spurgeon said, “Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that!” (Luke 19:10)
To those who have been truly saved from their sins (Matthew 1:21), all they want to do (Matthew 4:19) is give to the world what it is that they received from the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:17).
Scripture tells us:
“freely ye have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:5-8; cf. Isaiah 58:12; Luke 4:18).
“I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land; and my home after all, was down in Maryland; because my father, my mother, my brothers, and sisters, and friends were there. But I was free, and they should be free. -Harriet Tubman, Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman
I throw myself into the lot (1 Peter 4:13) with those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony and with those who are doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving themselves (James 1:22).
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.”
I also count myself among those who have been set free in the Lord to do what is right.
“If the Son, therefore, shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36), and that to glorify the Father.
“Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and. glorify your Father who is in heaven.” -Matthew 5:16
So it is with those who are born of the Spirit of the Living God. They desire to see men set free in Christ in seeking and saving them which are lost (Matthew 4:19,Luke 19:10).
My hat is off to my sister, Harriet Tubman and others like her bot in the past, the present and in the future.
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