Saturday, November 24, 2007

"Oh! to be like Thee, Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art. Come in Thy sweetness. Come in Thy fulness. Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart!"

I have had an unusual day to read and meditate on some things that the Lord has been teaching me. I have been reading "Lords Of The Earth" by Don Richardson. It is the story of some missionaries who took the gospel to the jungles of Irian Jaya. The people of these jungles had never even seen white people before, let alone heard the good news of Jesus Christ. In spite of great odds, demonic oppression, and a culture built on hatred, revenge, and slavery to Satan, by the grace of God these missionaries gave everything they had to see these needy people come to know the freedom of Christ's love and forgiveness. Their level of commitment to Christ has really challenged me to take a closer look at the state of my own heart and my level of commitment to Jesus Christ, and Him alone.

As many people of Ninia, Irian Jaya began to commit their lives to Christ they faced a great dilemma, which proved to be the climax in a true story of the mighty hand of God in the hearts of these former slaves to Satan. If they were to be completely committed to Christ, missionary Stanley Dale explained, they must completely reject their old lifestyle. "No one can wholly follow the Lord while he still has fetishes, just as he cannot really be the Lord's while he still has idols." Following the example of first century Christians, the jungle people of Ninia began to burn their fetishes and idols. This act of faith brought great persecution from their unsaved neighbors, but it also served to embolden them with the zeal of the Lord as their hearts and lives were completely surrendered to Christ.

In the process of preparing for this upcoming missions trip to Asia I have spent a lot of time reevaluating what my life is all about, and what it should be all about. I long to be so committed to Christ that, as the believers of Ninia, I would be willing to face whatever persecution the Lord allows--all for the sake of serving Him.

"For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."
Galatians 1:10

1 comment:

Bonnie Barrett said...

Dear Bethany,Bethany Sawyer sent the Reed website weeks ago and I just logged on today. I was blessed by all, photos, news etc. I wanted to hear about Zach, and thought I never would. Praises! When I read your Missionary review I was excited because I read the same book last winter. It really challenged me too! Today as I drove our car on errands, Family Radio Reader is reading the same book!!Coincidence? love,prayers,Bonnie Barrett