Even though our group went up there to step out with a goal of sharing the gospel and showing the communities God’s love, we realized that God’s intention was much more than that. He was doing mission work in our own lives, as He drew us nearer by teaching us patience and humbleness every day.
If you are truly concerned about something then you’re going to act out on it. You’re inevitably going to do something about it, right? Why then, do we not warn the people around us their urgent need for a Savior? As Christians, I don’t think we understand the importance of our purpose on this earth enough.
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“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love Him, because He first loved us.”
At first the very thought of going up to someone and asking them if they knew Jesus, or simply offering them a Gideon’s New Testament scared me to the point of wanting to vomit. What do I say exactly? What will happen if they come back with a mind boggling question? How can I warn them about the importance of their eternal destination?
This morning, during my quiet time at dawn I asked God to reveal a scripture to me fitting for something I can use in this post, well He did.
“-for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.”
He’ll give you the words to say. We just have to walk out on the water and do it.
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;”
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised)”
If we knew every person and every situation before it played out in our lives it wouldn’t be as interesting a life as God has in store for us, now would it? Imagine a life of knowing. The not knowing part is what makes it so beautiful.
Our first step will always be the hardest, but in all reality, what do we have to lose? If people decline your offer or message, don’t take offense to it, because you are not the One who they are rejecting. A lady told us those exact words after knocking on her door one morning. What a blessing it was to receive that kind of motivation!
Just think about the possibilities that can come from acting on faith. If you’d like examples of people who took these ‘leaps of faith’ look no further than the 11th chapter of Hebrews. God uses the weakest to shine the light to the mighty.
One day at work, it was slowly reaching the middle of the day. I was tired. Only a couple of regular customers had come in that morning. There was one kid who was having breakfast with his grandmother. When he came to check out I was beyond ready to talk to someone-anyone-that I asked what his name was, and then one thing led to the next and I ended up asking him if he would like to come to my church’s VBS that night. To be honest, I probably wouldn’t have done that to just anyone who so-happened to be there, but at that moment I felt like the spirit was leading me to ask, so I did. God used my boredom and willingness to bring about His glory. That’s what He does! Who knew that boredom could help exit the bubble of comfort we too-often wrap ourselves with?
Here are some songs I listened to while on the mission trip (which I’m still shuffling through now)!