I Corinthians 2:1-5: And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Letting Faith Rest in the Power of God
As our date of departure for our family missions trip draws ever nearer, and the final plans are made, I found myself feeling more and more nervous about bringing our oldest on the trip with us due to his continued mood instability. I feared for his safety with the way he was acting not to mention that I worried about how his behavior would be looked upon by the people in that culture. I was praying that God would help him to become stable again, but it seemed that each day, there were only more problems rather than fewer. I began doubting our decision and whether or not God wanted us to bring our son with us. On top of that, I wrestled with the fact that the country we were headed to had fewer than 1% of the population who were Christians and there really wasn't a model for what a Christian family should look like in that culture except what the pastors and their families are presenting as they blaze the trail raising Christian families. Part of my vision for the trip was that we could let the people there see what an American Christian family looks like. However, with the way our oldest was behaving, that idea would be a disaster because we'd only show them how truly broken we really are. I worried about showing that side.
I expressed my concern in a discussion with Tim who stated that it's not our mission to present to them a "perfect" Christian family. It's our mission to be with them in body and Spirit encouraging and ministering to each other. That's what a partnership is all about. Through the ministry of one another, God builds His Church. I was thankful for Tim's insight, input, and decision that we are going as a complete family no matter what.
The next day, in reading an excerpt from a meditations book written by missionaries with Josh, I had to smile at God's providence at the passage of Scripture and following reflection about that passage because it was just what I needed to read and meditate upon in my heart.
God has this trip already worked out. He has my son's stability under His control. He's the one who called us to do this trip as a family, and He's the one doing amazing things to make this trip possible. He has called us to be lights and bring the Gospel to all peoples making disciples. We do that by presenting Christ in our brokenness. We don't want to be making converts of the Russell Kingdom. We want to make converts of Christ's Kingdom. What better way to do that but through our own brokenness and desperate need for a Savior. May these dear people we fellowship with see Christ and Christ alone in our broken lives and may all of the honor and glory go to Him who sustains us and gives us the strength to finish each day through His great and mighty power.
Interestingly enough, as soon as I embraced this new way of thinking, things calmed down in our household, and our son has seen the most stability yet since things got rough in December. Perhaps God just needed to get my attention and teach me a lesson and grow my faith! To God be the glory!