7 Days After Easter

“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him.” John 3.14-17

Oh how we see the heart of God in this created universe! Father, Son, Spirit eternally existing in perfect union, perfect love, perfect relationship, perfect satisfaction and some 6,000 or 7,000 years ago, they create this world.

Why?

There is no need, nothing missing, no lack, no “hole” to fill. They literally exist in a perfect scenario. Yet, God speaks creation into existence anyway. And they create the most wonderful and awesome universe imaginable! And then He creates humankind in Their image to share it and care for it. He creates to share Himself; His perfect glory and majesty, His perfect creativity and power, His perfect love and grace with a creation designed to admire and adore Him through it.

All of this, while perfectly aware of the great cost and great pain this creation would bring Him. All of this, with the entry of sin into His most wonderful and awesome universe on His mind. All of this, with the decay, total wreckage and complete perversity of His intentions for life on His mind. All of this, with the understanding that He would be required to experience this destruction, volunteer to accept full punishment and consequential death in order to fix it…
All of this on His mind from the very beginning.

Who would do this? It makes so sense to create something you do not need and that you know will bring the greatest pain imaginable. So who would do this?

None, but a God so full of love that He doesn’t need us to love Him. He wants to love us. He wants to share His love with us that we might share it with others, and reciprocate the love we have received.

God, forgive me for not loving as you have loved me. Give me your heart to WANT to love others. To death. 


 

1We are praising the Lord for His goodness, grace, and mercy as He continues to provide! Within days of our request for 20 new monthly supporters for $50/month, God answered with the first 3 pieces! We are now continuing to pray for 17 more supporters by July! Please pray for God’s provision and for Him to work in the hearts of our future ministry partners for His glory! 

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Do we love the lost like Jesus Christ loves the lost?

“The Lord is not slow concerning his promise (to return), as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3.9 Parenthesis added.

But, do we anxiously pray for the salvation of the lost?

 “First of all, then, I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people…Such prayer for all is good and welcomed before God our Savior, since he wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Tim 2.1, 3-4

But, do we actively seek and rejoice in the salvation of the lost?

“Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search thoroughly until she finds it? Then when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15.8-10

It’s convicting, I know. The line of thought could begin at “But, do you really love Jesus?” He tells us in John 14 and 15 that if we love him, we must obey his commandments. “But, do we obey his commandments?” Before this same Jesus left the earth, he commanded us in Matthew 28, to go and make disciples and baptize them, and teach them to obey these very same commandments…

We know the Lord is not finished working on us, and will continue His work. But, we do love the lost, and pray for more of the heart that Christ had for them. He has called us to share His love with all those He loves in South Africa.

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped around their knees. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let no one go unwarned or unprayed for.” – Charles H. Spurgeon


There is no doubt, our God is one that provides. We are continually in awe of how He is supplying our needs and pulling together our su
pport one church, one individual at a time. Please join us as we pray ev
en more specifically for this next piece. We are required to attend three training seminars by our mission agency to help prepare us for the mission field. We have completed the first segment and the second is being offered in July. However, our support level must be at 50{94115f3f0ce78e17ae6fab5620d08dd86260dffed70bcd9a5a0ccd2442dba6d2} in order for us to attend. If we cannot make this particular date, our timeline will be pushed back as each seminar is only offered at certain times of the year. We have great trust in the Lord’s timing and provision, and we also certain of where He is calling us.

At 40{94115f3f0ce78e17ae6fab5620d08dd86260dffed70bcd9a5a0ccd2442dba6d2} of our required committed monthly support, we are sIMG_6483hort of the 50{94115f3f0ce78e17ae6fab5620d08dd86260dffed70bcd9a5a0ccd2442dba6d2} level by $1,000 a month. We are praying to the Great Provider to work as only He can. To break that number down, we are praying specifically for 20 new partners (churches or individuals) that might support us prayerfully as well as financially for $50 monthly. 20 new partners supporting us for $50 a month would put us over the 50{94115f3f0ce78e17ae6fab5620d08dd86260dffed70bcd9a5a0ccd2442dba6d2} mark and over the halfway hump! Please pray to the Lord of the harvest that he might supply our need for partners in His work!