"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being ROOTED and grounded in LOVE, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the LOVE of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."

~Ephesians 3:14-21

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Redemption- VBS 2012

I want to thank you God for all the children and youth you brought to Bible School. It has been almost a week since Bible School ended at Monte Sion Church. Throughout the week, between 140-175 attended the Vacation Bible School daily. Many of them coming for the first time to church and hearing about the LOVE of Jesus Christ. I can't help but to sit back and think about what a believer right here in Cajamarca has to give up when making the decision to Follow Christ. A decision that would be so simple for many in America...leads many here homeless and rejected from their family and friends.

Jesus never promised it would be easy...

“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me." 
-John 15:18-21

I am currently reading the book written by Kyle Idleman, called Not A Fan. Kyle discussed recent findings by Barna research published in a book called UnChristian, "that 65 percent of 18-42 year-olds in America have made a personal commitment to Jesus that is still important. He went on to say that on the surface that seems really encouraging. But how many of these are followers? Because, their research also showed that only 23 percent of those people believed that sex outside of marriage is wrong. Only 13 percent said getting drunk is a sin. And the list goes on. In other words, 65 percent say they are committed to Jesus, but most of them aren't committed to Jesus in every area of their life. And Jesus never left open the option of selective commitment." (pg. 146-147)

“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!" 
- Revelation 3:15-16 (NLT)

As I think about some of the stories of new believers in Christ here in Peru, I realize they were choosing JESUS over everything (families, comforts, and conveniences). 

Kyle also mentions in his book that, "Followers are willing to deny themselves and say, I choose Jesus. I choose Jesus over my family. I choose Jesus over money. I choose Jesus over career goals. I am his completely. I choose Jesus over getting drunk. I choose Jesus over looking at porn. I choose Jesus over a redecorated house. I choose Jesus over my freedom. I choose Jesus over what other people may think of me. A follower makes a decision every day to deny himself and choose Jesus...even if it costs everything." (145)

I can't help to think of my own life and as I read more and more in God's Word...I realized so many times I chose ME! I see the courage in strength in these new Christians and how powerful their testimony and faith shines to others. Lord, I pray for all the new believers here in Peru. Lord, I pray for all the youth and children that heard your Word and pray Lord that one day they will make a decision to follow You if they have not already. I pray that you will give us all strength to choose YOU and face each day with courage to do Your will (not ours). Amen.

Redemption - VBS 2012

1 comment:

  1. Dear Sean and Crissy,
    What in inspiration you are to me back at home....the sacrificing of the earthly goods for the eternal crowns that lay awaiting....wow, I have prayed for the children there and that many would accept Christ as Lord and Savior of their life. Just think, when we get to heaven no doubt they will be singing the gospel song from way back..."Thank You". It fits you guys perfect....praying for you, Dawnn