Monday, March 5, 2012

This world has nothing for me

I received notice this morning that a friend who serves with the IMB is entering into a closed country today for two weeks along with two other men. The prayer request came from his wife.

It is an incredible privilege to pray on behalf of others as they follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Knowing that my friend’s wife and children are praying for him as he serves brings me a deep since of awe about the power of God in a broken world.

As these three men enter this country today, they do so at great risk and cost. They had to say goodbye to everyone and everything.

Knowing Jesus is worth more than anything. Nothing compares to Him. Having Him makes everything and everyone else fade to the background. He is the One who speaks and the whole earth trembles. He has been raised. He is sovereign. He is Lord. He is worthy.

Following Him is the highest honor. Only God knows how many people will enter the kingdom because these three are willing to risk it all.

I enjoy what God has given to me. But, I am reminded that my stuff is still just stuff. I will leave it all behind - someday. It is much easier to follow God if I hold my stuff loosely now. I may not be called to give everything away today, but I must be willing to do so at a moment’s notice. When we can truly let go, we find real freedom.

"So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever." 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT)