Over the past year I’ve been challenged to think beyond myself and possibly look at any and every opportunity to bring Jesus to people. It hasn’t been easy, and it shouldn’t be. Christ himself is the perfect example of this and therefore, results in the proclamation of His glory when people come to know and love Him.
Returning to work with TCM this summer has also not been an easy decision. It has come with many ups and downs including the changes of the organization itself, fears that I wouldn’t do enough to make a change, worries that I would have too much on my plate…all however minuscule to the call that all believers are called to obey in love. In his authority, He calls us to make disciples and to also teach and obey everything that He has commanded us. In showing his affirmation to us, he reminds us that he will always be with us, to the end of the age. The peace that the Holy Spirit has given me makes this hard decision on my own, one that is actually in fact quite easy.
In the first weeks of training and getting ready for camp up until this day, I’ve relearned a very important lesson that spiritual warfare is indeed real and that having a solid foundation is vital.
Prayers that we continue to trust and look to God as our help and strength are also very important. In the church that we run our programs in, there is a sign that reads, “Life is fragile, handle with prayer.” This is in fact quite true.
As Hebrews 12:1-3 says, Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
My prayer is that as we continue to fight and run the race set before us, that we look to Christ as our example and that we see the urgency and desperate need of Him in our lives.