June 16, 2010

The Plan

I have not written about what is happening at CCC on the blog in a while, but that certainly doesn't mean that I'm not excited about what the Lord is doing in our Body. In fact, quite the opposite. I see Him solidifying our foundation, raising up and strengthening leaders, and implanting what we prayed would be the DNA of our church. It is absolutely thrilling having a front-row seat to the Lord at work!

I read an article yesterday about a missionary family living in East Africa. They are the first missionaries in their region since the last ones were butchered with machetes in the early 1900's. They work among tribal peoples, threatened regularly by lions. At the end of the article, the dad said, "Any discomfort pales in comparison to the importance of the task....God is truly faithful. I've gotten more by being here than I have ever given." Then, that he "hopes that other believers will consider a call to missions and make sure they do not live their lives as spiritual cowards."

That last part struck me. It is what I often want to say to comfortable Christians, not simply because the gospel is so needed around the globe (and who else will take it but us?), but because by doing things that take us away from comfort, we get the joy of experiencing just how good and faithful our God is. If we are not doing things that require faith, we are not being used by God and we're not truly experiencing God. We are missing out on His great plan of blessing others, a plan He promises to bless.

This is what I have experienced being the wife of a church planter in a spiritually dark region. Certainly, it has been extremely difficult and discouraging at many points along the way. There have been days I have wanted to give up and "go home," when I have been bitter about the calling God has placed on our lives. But then I think about all the things I have seen God do (literally making something out of nothing) and how it has completely changed my entire worldview and I am overcome with joy at the privilege I have been given.

Thankfully, that privilege is open to all who have faith, faith that cannot help but lead to action. To be honest, when I started this post, this is not what I intended to write about. But I'm glad it turned into this because this has been on my heart for a while. My point: Go! If God calls you, go! There is reward even in difficulty, there is blessing, and there is a freedom from sleep-lulling comfort. Go across the street or go across the world!

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Heb 11:6

Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 2 Cor 2:14-15