With only four more days to go (the countdown is set to midnight!) before I leave for Zambia, I am INCREDIBLY excited for all that lies ahead!
You may not know me long enough to know the journey that God put me on to get me here: to this day, in this place, but it’s been a journey of more than 10 years!
This morning I was reading through Philippians, and it struck me anew how Paul interceded for the new Believers, how he eagerly hoped to be able to join them in person.
These sentiments are found throughout all of his letters. He takes special care to mention those who labour with him – Timothy, Aquila, Priscilla, and many others – honouring them for the work they do in the Kingdom. And he always points the church to Christ.
What a legacy!
One of the children’s stories that I finished up yesterday was about the Damascus road encounter (Acts 9).
I am constantly amazed that God specifically chose Saul to work among the gentiles, because his reputation was so well-known, and that made his testimony all the more believable.
In the end, God doesn’t care how amazing we think we are, or how skilled or able. He is simply looking for someone who is willing to take up his cross, to lay down his life — simply so that others might receive Life.
Like a drink offering, being poured out on the altar, nothing is worth more than honouring Him.
The first words God spoke after he called Paul was, “I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” (Acts 9:15-16)
This morning, as I’m quite literally closing the books, I’d like to thank the hundreds of people who have journeyed with me over the years, sowing into the Kingdom, speaking God into my life, partnering in prayer, giving financially, interceding, weeding, watering, and harvesting.
I am incredibly honoured by each of you!
I cannot begin to call you all by name, but know that, I am deeply humbled by each of you keeping my arms up!
May you receive the crown of honour for your faithful work!