David Nasser, author, minister and one of the nation’s forefront speakers and visionaries, delivered Liberty University’s convocation message Friday in the Vines Center.
Nasser was born in Iran and at the age of 9 was forced to escape to the United States with his family. After spending most of his teenage years trying to fit in with his peers, he accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of 18.
It has become Nasser’s heart cry to “present the same relevant message, the Gospel of Christ, using fresh, innovative methods and resources,” according to his website.
He originally planned to speak to Liberty’s student body about his new book, “Jumping through Fires.” However, as he listened to Matt Mihelic, Liberty’s Student Government Association president, first speak about the events planned on campus for the R.O.S.E. pro-life conference this week, he said he was inspired to talk about Mary, the teenage mother of Jesus.
Nasser said Mary became a vessel for the Lord’s purposes even when it exposed her to ridicule and rejection. Mary lived an ordinary and obedient life before God and found favor with him. That favor eventually cost her her reputation, Nasser said.
“Are you willing to let favor with God cost you your reputation?” Nasser asked the students.
He said we all need to come to a place in our lives where we can say what Mary said to God, “May it be to me as you have said.”
Nasser ended in prayer and called the students to action to commit their lives to the service of Christ so that He would ultimately be glorified.