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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Amazon Grandparents

This past Sunday we had the privilege of hosting missionaries Jerry and Ulli Lillard who pastor in Prague in the Czech Republic.  Our time together was brief and abundant at the same time.

I love having discussions with our various minister friends and gaining insight into their ministry, life, faith, church, and the different experiences they have encountered along the way.  Seeing as Jerry and Ulli pastor in Central Europe, they way they do ministry and the way we do ministry in the US is very... well, different.  It has to be.

But what struck me most about all the topics we discussed over the weekend was not the many ways they approach ministry compared to the way we approach it.  What really made me think was when Ulli referred to themselves as the Amazon Grandparents.

Of course my first thought was, You are nowhere near the Amazon.  

I was puzzled.

Until she said, You know, the ones whose grandkids get their Christmas presents from Amazon.com.

We give up many things for the sake of Christ.

Sin.
Our own fleshly desires.
Time.
Convenience.
Money.
Bad relationships.

But sacrificing being with and watching your grandkids grow up on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis?  Not spending every Holiday together?

I love what Jesus said in Mark 10...

Mark my words, no one who sacrifices house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, land—whatever—because of me and the Message will lose out. They'll get it all back, but multiplied many times in homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land. And then the bonus of eternal life! This is once again the Great Reversal: Many who are first will end up last, and the last first.

The more we sacrifice the more we gain.  The more we let go the more we get back.  The only way to truly receive, is to freely give.  The deeper your love for God and his Message, the deeper your giving.

What are you willing to sacrifice for the cause of Christ?

There are people all around you that need to know His love and saving grace. 

God may not be calling you to Central Europe, but could it be that He just wants you to sacrifice your comfort to share the Good News with your neighbor?

There is no greater harvest that can be gleaned than the harvest of souls. 

Greater than our love for what we want in life should be the love and passion for what God wants from our lives.

Just some random thoughts from my heart today.

1 comment:

Pat Johns said...

Great blog Tina.....When I realize just what some people have been called to do, like going to a foreign land to minister, I feel ashamed if I ever complained or felt like my burden was too great......

It is an awesome blessing that God would even consider us to carry His glorious gospel at all.....

Thanks for reminding us just how blessed and honored we are to serve in Kingdom work....