Throughout this entire study, one theme that Scripture likes to point out when talking about one’s identity in Christ is this idea of being chosen by God. Something about being chosen makes me feel like I’m loved, that there’s some sort of worth in me, which is especially highlighted when I feel like I’m worth nothing at all.
So today was a day filled with emotion, but a day I believe was put together by God Himself. I definitely reaffirmed a bunch of things about myself, especially some things that God has revealed about me and my future over the years.
So today was a rest day for me, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t doing stuff for the Lord. I pray that my interactions with all these people were seasoned with God’s grace and brought them a little closer to Jesus.
Since we crossed a little thing called the International Date Line, we’ve technically crossed into the third day of our missions trip in Butuan. It’ll probably be obvious to you that I will repeat many themes in my blogs about our trip, but I wanna be able to stay current in all that God is teaching me.
It is a privilege to be able to call yourself a citizen of a country; once you become a citizen, you are able to enjoy the best of what that country has to offer because you are considered a legal part of that nation. In the sense that we are privileged to be both citizens of a country and (even more importantly) citizens of heaven, we are tasked with an incredibly unique responsibility.
This is the beginning of a series of posts that are my raw yet mildly edited blogs from the Philippines documenting our church’s missions trip (my first international missions trip). Content after the jump!
They overcame [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony …
Something about having a testimony, a story about the way God brought you to Himself, makes the Gospel come alive to people. It makes the Gospel, what can be an ethereal concept to grasp at first, real to those who listen to it. Each one of us as Christians has a story to share about how God intervened in our lives. What is yours?
As a Christian, I’ve heard many things from non-Christians about what it means to be a Christian; almost all of the things I’ve heard are not true at all and paint a very cartoonish portrait of what Christianity is truly about. What should we do as Christians to rectify a broken image of what it means to follow Jesus? (HINT: It doesn’t involve starting a war or winning an argument. Or both.)
devotional: Have You Met Jesus? I Haven't. (1 Corinthians 1:17-31).
As Christians who strive to witness our faith in the best way possible, we can fall into the trap of relying too much on our gifts, abilities, and talents to share the Gospel and neglect the need to rely on the Holy Spirit. We need to ensure that our God-given abilities that aid us in sharing the Gospel do not hinder the more important work of the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes, we Christians like to pick and choose the people who receive the Gospel for various reasons. We sometimes rely on our perceptions to judge who is “worthy” or “ready” enough to receive the Gospel, but evangelism should not be like that at all. The Good News is for everyone!
As Christians who either genuinely strive to see God glorified and/or love lost people enough to see them come to Christ, we may sometimes fall into the trap of inappropriately minimizing or maximizing certain portions of the Gospel. At the end of the day, the Gospel needs nothing added to it and nothing should be subtracted from it … it’s already good on its own.
I’m glad I restarted my devotionals at this point because it pokes at the heart of one of my current struggles as a leader and as a Christian. At the end of the day, I have to remember that God is in control of everything I do and the results of such, especially when I don’t see the fruits of my labor right away.