“‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful’” (John 15:1-2).
Keith Green and his wife Melody were both on a journey to find spiritual truth when they were invited to a small Bible study in 1975.
They had not found what they were looking for in Eastern mysticism or the hippie movement, but what they learned in the Bible study instantly resonated with them, and they gave their lives to Christ.
A professional songwriter, Keith turned his focus to writing songs about Jesus. Some of his songs include “You Put This Love In My Heart” and “Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful.”
Keith called people to repent and live like Jesus, often saying, “If you praise and worship Jesus with your mouth, and your life does not praise and worship Him, there’s something wrong.”
The Greens began loving everyone around them, opening their home in the Los Angeles suburbs to recovering addicts, women navigating unplanned pregnancies, the homeless and anyone else who needed a place to stay.
Their home became known as “The Greenhouse” because it was a place where people could grow. They eventually created Last Days Ministries and bought or rented six more homes in their neighborhood for people in need.
“I only want to build God’s Kingdom and see it increase, not my own,” Keith said. “If someone writes a great poem no one praises the pencil they used, they praise the one who created the poem. Well, I’m just a pencil in the hands of the Lord. Don’t praise me, praise Him!”
Seeing music as a way to spread the Gospel, Keith began offering albums for whatever people wanted to pay, often giving them away for free. He also quit selling tickets to his concerts.
Keith once said, “I repent of ever having recorded one single song and ever having performed one concert if my music, and more importantly—my life—has not provoked you into Godly jealousy, or to sell out more completely to Jesus!”
Tragically, Keith died in a plane crash in 1982 when he was 28 years old. His 2-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son also died in the crash. Melody, who was six weeks pregnant, was at home with their 1-year-old daughter.
Though Keith ministered to people for just seven years, his life left a legacy for eternity. Thousands came to know the Lord through his ministry, and his songs are still sung at many churches. His lyrics, such as this verse from “Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful,” have inspired generations of Christians to have a closer walk with Christ:
“Oh Lord, please light the fire,
That once burned bright and clear.
Replace the lamp of my first love,
That burns with holy fear.”
Granted, we all aren’t Keith Green, but we too can leave an eternal legacy by loving where we are and sharing Christ through both our actions and words.
Somebody invited Keith and Melody Green to a Bible study in 1975, and look at the amazing fruit that simple invitation bore. We never know how God’s plan will unfold when we walk in obedience.
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