One of the hardest things to do in our minds is just that which will make our load easy and our burden light. I struggle with this every day. I fully desire to obey, but it's in the daily battle between the urgent and the important, the priority and the pressure, the simple and the stress.
"The sense of heroic sacrifice is not good enough. The thing that the Holy Spirit is detecting in you is the disposition that will never work in His service. God does not ask us to do the things that are easy to us naturally; He only asks us to do the things we are perfectly fitted to do by His grace, and the cross will come along that line always. The stamp of the saint is that he can waive his own rights and obey the Lord Jesus." Oswald Chambers
I read this today and as I tackle today's work load and prepare to head back to Ethiopia in just over a week, I know that I needed to hear it. I don't know where you are at exactly right now, but I needed a morning to be quiet and listen and process. If you were to have a glimpse into the "to do list" just to my left right now...you'd probably see me twitching a little bit and randomly taking in sharp breaths as I nurse my second cup of strong coffee. What we do as an organization is important, but today I'm reminded that my relationship with my Saviour is more important. My recent 3 months in Ethiopia was so helpful in this, but how quickly the pressures and demands of our western society can overcome what we have learned. So today, as I'm committing to do, I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to show you what He is giving you grace for today.
Let today be the first in a string of daily decisions to choose not to please people, family, our culture or society...but please the One who really matters. In that moment of surrender (yes, I know it's easier said than done for those like me who have control issues), all else will fall into place. The favor of God rests on those who choose Him over anything else.
Are you not sure what your next step of obedience entails? What can you do today? Well, here's something that I read today that is a command through John the Baptist's teaching as he was preparing the way of the Lord: "The crowds asked,'What should we do?' John replied, 'If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.'" Luke 3:10-11
Have a great week!
One Child Campaign is a ministry outreach of Faith Central Ministries. The vision of the Orphan Awareness and Vision trips is to create a united effort of ministries to give voice to the over 5.5 million orphans in Ethiopia and around the world. This will be accomplished through sponsorship, empowerment and discipleship that will meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the children. This trip will immerse you into the lives of orphans and street kids. It will create an experience that will raise awareness not only to the orphan, but also for the body of Christ to realize the impact it can have through advocacy and adoption. An important part of our ministry is to provide resources for adoptive families. This is a mission to raise up a generation with selfless faith. Together, we can breathe hope into the orphan crisis.