It’s been over a month since we returned from Kerala, India. I am still relishing in the love displayed by the Body of Christ over there. We savored the close bonds developed with Babu and the other pastors. I witnessed my wife flourish as she was showered with the love of Mercy, Bindhu and the rest of women. We saw the Holy Spirit move in such mighty ways. God’s design was exemplified and it was beautiful to witness! His glory is on display in the nations!
Scripture is clear: go and proclaim the Gospel. In God’s eyes this is done by men and women both who are strong not on their own merits, but through him who strengthens us – Jesus Christ.
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God’s providence. We know that God is sovereign and has a plan for all things. We know he is all-knowing, ever-present, and all-powerful. All too often (at least for me) I can lose sight of the fact that his providence is also personal to each one of us. It is not just an over arching big thing (even though it is that too!). It applies to each of us individually.
Let me tell you a story to illustrate what I mean.
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I sense a big change coming on the horizon. We serve a mighty and awesome God!! I sense that the pieces are starting to fall into place – even though I am uncertain as to what exactly those pieces are. Have you ever experienced that? When you read in the Old Testament whether it was Moses or the prophets, when God spoke, things happened in mighty ways: parting the Red Sea, killing Egypt’s first born, just to name a couple. We have a God who acts decisively and deliberately; One who judges and saves. Even if we don’t understand it completely in the moment – he always moves at the perfect time.
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I had been asked to present a sermon to the graduating class of Grace Christian Bible College on Saturday. The theme I was given was “Feed My Sheep”. Jesus told Peter to do this not once but three times. Sounds pretty important, and that’s putting it lightly. I look at it as a speech that is meant to inspire troops for battle. Yes, as Christians this is not our home. The world is a battle field. What better way to rally these troops on the importance of feeding your sheep then through the God inspired word.
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“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:20
I love how God works. I have needed to write a blog post for Epaphroditus for some time. I have put it off for weeks. However, the verse above was a part of my Bible study that I was preparing for today, and God has laid it on my heart to stop procrastinating.
The guy who wrote 2 Corinthians 5:20 is my hero. His name is Paul. We don’t know a lot about Paul’s appearance except people said that “his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.” (2 Corinthians 10:10). Paul referred to himself as a jar of clay (2 Corinthians 4:7). Tradition says that he was a small man, bald, bow-legged, a long nose, and eyebrows that met.
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“You can’t save your life – you can only spend it. So spend it well. Spend it for Christ.” – Tim Keesee
Security and comfort. If we are honest with ourselves, we all desire those things to one degree or another. They may look different to each of us, but in the end we still strive to achieve them. I know I did for many years. The problem arises when we look for them in people, things, and ways that are temporal and not eternal.
Following Christ takes you in a different direction and often times it is in the exact opposite direction of what we usually perceive security and comfort to look like.
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Today, we went to the mountains of Kerala. They were impressive to say the least. As we looked out over these giants of granite, we couldn’t help but feel insignificant. The glory of the mountains overshadowed our presence.
When we stand in awe of things like this we need to look through the creation and onto the Creator. It is amazing to know that there is a God who created the Mountains. I can’t imagine standing in His presence, talk about insignificant.
“The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory.” (Psalm 97:5-6)
It is good for us to have a big God. Too often we make God too small. We fashion him into a false idol and worship him as if he just a man with superpowers. This is blasphemy. God is greater that we can imagine. His power is without limits. Melting mountains doesn’t even begin to explain who He is.
Seeing the true God causes us to fear him, and fear is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7). It is the knowledge that we are sinners and we need a Savior, and his name if Jesus Christ. Second, after accepting Christ, we are adopted into God’s family. Meaning that God is our Dad. We can honestly say my dad is bigger than your dad, and boldly stand. Recognizing the power of your Father allows you to “confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6).
Today Babu arranged for us to have a day of relaxing. We drove about three hours to the backwaters of India that lead out to the Arabian Sea. It was a great time of fellowship with my American and Indian brothers. A lot of laughing and a lot of getting to know each other better on a personal level.
Along the backwaters are long stretches of man made dikes that create large fields of rice paddies. These dikes stretch for tens, if not hundreds, of miles and along these dikes are houses. And not just a couple houses, they are scattered everywhere. My first thought as I saw these houses and these people was who will share the Gospel with them?
On our way home we drove through several towns during the rush hour time. It was mayhem. People and vehicles everywhere. Once again, I think to myself who will share the Gospel with them?
At times you can get overwhelmed by the work that needs to be done, and the lost that need to be reached. It almost causes you to want to give up, but God in His Grace reminded me of a verse:
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” – Habakkuk 2:14
It is verses like this that motivate me to continue to push forward. For God’s purposes will be accomplished and His name will be hallowed, not just in India, but everywhere. The task may be daunting, but going and making disciples is never in vain. The Church is a means to reach the glorious end of the earth being filled with the Glory of God, and for that I am humbled to be a part of such a great commission.