Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Learning from others

"A tiny group of believers who have the gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it before fall into the flames of eternal Hell without ever hearing the salvation story."   -K.P Yohannan 

As I think back on these past couple of weeks, I can't seem to find a word to describe them. My teammate, Adrien, and I have had both spiritual highs and spiritual lows that have challenged our faith. God has been teaching us so much. 

First, He is teaching us that He is truly indescribable. He is not a God that will "fit" into our lives and He is not someone we can even begin to try to define. Our God requires so much more than the words and the thoughts we attempt to give to Him. Yet, by the grace of God, He is approachable. He desires us to have faith in Him, and He desires His people to see that He is life. 

Being in a place with so little knowledge of our Lord, God has given us glimpses of the lack of hope all over the world. Countless men and women are dying without any knowledge of Jesus, and we are held accountable for this tragedy. 

During these past couple of weeks we have been reading short biographies of men and women who have surrendered their lives for the sake of the gospel.  I have been challenged with the idea of the Lord's yoke being light. So many people in the world are suffering for the sake of Jesus. How can the Father allow those who love him to go through such grief and still say that the weight of his yoke is light? 

After struggling with this idea the Lord showed me John 17:20. In this passage Jesus talks about His desire to make us one with him and the Father. He desires to fill us up completely and to give the love and glory to us that God has given to Him. The Lord showed me that when we are stripped of ourselves, we are able to be filled with Christ. This filling is unlike anything in this world. It is true joy and it lasts in all circumstances. When we make ourselves His, we can have peace and rest in our Savior. He is the one who carries our burdens and He is the one worth living for. 

Another thing the Lord has been reminding and teaching us is the power and the importance of prayer. Jesus has instructed us all to pray fervently and faithfully. He has showed us the importance of praying persistently. James 5:18 says that the Elijah prayed "again" and the heavens rained. Before this, Elijah prayed 7 times. As followers of Jesus, to be able to proclaim His message, we are called to pray earnestly. 

Thank you all for the prayer and support. God is working here in Cambodia. 

"Enlighten our minds that we may know thee as thou art, so that we may perfectly love thee and worthily praise thee. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." A.W Tozer