Although I’ve been back from The Netherlands for exactly one month and one day now, I often think about the rich experiences God allowed me to have while I was over in Europe. I think about the children and adults I met…both Christian and non-Christian and I think about their lives and personalities. I think about my life’s purpose and why God allowed me to study abroad. What do I share when I return home? How does this trip help with what my purpose is on this earth? Aside from these thoughts, I also think about the Great Commission given to Jesus’ disciples from Christ Himself:
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 [a]Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you [b]always, even to the end of the age.”
After Jesus’ disciples received these instructions from The Lord, they didn’t waste anytime being about their Savior’s business. He commanded and they acted. The book of Acts shows just how radical Jesus’ disciples were and how literally they took His Word. They traveled, they obeyed God, they spread God’s Word to wherever the Lord commanded them to go, they baptized people, and Christ was with them. Many suffered terribly for Christ’s sake. Suffering isn’t fun, nor is it comfortable, but we’ve been called to suffer for Christ’s sake:
29 For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
…and what a privilege it is to suffer for Christ’s sake!! Christ, who was slain for the salvation of the people that God so loved….US! Christ, our Savior and our hope! It is in Him that we move and have our very being (Acts 17:28). Christ, who is one with God (John 10:30), died for us. He carried our sins. He took on God’s wrath so that we wouldn’t have to endure it….
How unworthy we are to even face such a King as He but God has so graciously allowed us access to Him through Christ.
I want to be completely surrendered to God and His will. I want my life to reflect His holy Son and His majesty. My plans, my dreams…I leave them in God’s hands. I want to be a radical disciple like Paul and Peter were. I want to glorify God with my life…what’s stopping me?
What’s stopping you?
I pray that God continues to reveal Himself to us and His will.
I pray that we are strengthened daily by God.
I pray that we recognize the distractions in our lives and what is keeping us from the Father and ask Him to take them away.
I pray that God gives us a heart after Him, and Him alone. He deserves everything! He deserves our lives.
I pray that we can be diligent in seeking and serving the Lord and doing all that He asks of us.
I pray that God reveals to us what matters and what doesn’t…what is foolish and what is True.
Pray for the body of Christ. Intercede for our brothers and sisters. Pray for salvation and understanding. Read God’s Word and pray continually.
God loves you!