While we celebrated Thanksgiving in the United States, on the other side of the world evil was running rampant. To me, this reinforces the need to take the gospel to the whole world. If people really understood the call of Christ to come and follow Him, they would realize that we are called to life transformation, regeneration, becoming a new creation, and are to walk in a manner worthy of the gospel. This is the gospel according to Jesus. To love and serve God, to love and serve others … what greater task can the church have?
Many people I know serve God faithfully on the international mission field. My heart is for world missions and reaching other cultures with the life changing message of Christ… not only does He bring salvation but also forgiveness, meaning, purpose, hope, peace, security, strength, joy…
Where was God last week? God does not necessarily protect us from evil that is around us, but He does give us His presence while we are in the midst of it. I like how the three Hebrew young men responded in the face of capital punishment:
“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” – Daniel 3:17-18
Read what my friend Debbie Warnock has written… beautifully put.