Ever been down, discouraged, and/or depressed? If we are honest, we’ve all been there. Sometimes I get there. The opportunities I have for missions, evangelism, and the Gospel are mind-boggling! My mind wants to chase the How do we get it all done? questions. That leads to discouragement because only God’s power and provision will turn opportunities into reality.
I understand Who has the power and the provision. But that does not mean we are not to work hard for the Gospel. Christ labored in love for His Father and for us. The New Testament tells us to:
To those ends, I want to share some of the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead of us. I’ll do that over the next several days. They are truly God-sized! And I know God has appointed some people to help turn these opportunities into reality. I just don’t know who they are (yet!).
Love is Sufficient
God’s Word is sufficient in all things. It tells us the many things His love has provided. I hope this passage encourages you. It encourages me:
Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:33-39, NASB
Soli Deo Gloria!
Divine love demands a response. Christ died for us and calls us to live for Him. Some of us answer that call a day at a time. Others lay lives on the line all at once. We call them martyrs. Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of these. He stood up against the Nazis in WWII Germany It cost him his life. And as inspiring as his story is, I find many people are unaware of his life and legacy. So let me recommend you hit this Amazon link (or the image) and learn about a disciple who responded to divine love in a dramatic, inspiring, and exemplary way! – KB