|Posted by Lorraine Serra on January 1, 2015 at 12:20 PM|
A New Year, a fresh start. Inspired by a tremendous gift I received, a collection of powerful insights by wonderful teachers/pastors/authors, I want to share a few entries that really hit me.
As I read through this collection, a few stood out that made me respond, "That's what I believe! That's who I want to be. Here I am, Lord, send me!"
Maybe you will feel the same way, too.
For today, on the first day of a New Year, consider this quote from an article by Charles Colson, published in "Christianity Today" magazine on February 5, 1990:
The illusions of our culture have us believing that only big names or big organizations can accomplish anything. And so we send our checks off to worldwide Christian ministries and settle back in our easy chair. We serve God by remote control.
In truth, the most important work of the gospel is done directly by citizens living our their biblibcal responsibility in their everyday circumstances. In most Third World countries there are no evangelical superstars, no big organizations, and so those "poor" Christians simply go out and obey the gospel themselves.
In Madagascar, I found that the diligent efforts of one man kept alive several hundred inmates. I was so moved I asked if there was anything I could do to help, expecting him to say, "send money."
"Oh, no," came his astonishing reply, "our God is sufficient for all things."
Let's get grounded in this: we each can have an impact; we are called to love as He loved, and lay down our lives in service as He did..simply go out and obey the Gospel. Yeah.
Thank you, Jesus, that You are our sufficiency. Whatever You call us to do, may we always rely on Your supply and just go with the Gospel of peace and grace to those who need it most.....EVERYBODY! Amen.
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