[Reading what has been done…doing what has been read]
“At the Day of Judgment, we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done”
~Thomas A Kempis~
I never truly understood what it meant to SERVE until I not merely read the Word of God, but saw the Word of God in action through the youth of the New Life Church of Los Guido here in Costa Rica and in turn acted on the Word of God myself. During my time here in Costa Rica, I’m confident that the Lord will expand my faith and confidence in the Gospel through the process of using me to illustrate His Kingdom and exemplify His character through moving me into these areas where he eagerly awaits.
The words of James best explain this when he says, “You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did…You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone” (2:22, 24).
That is after reading what has been done through Christ’s sacrifice and reading of how a jealous creator desperately wants to have a personal relationship with us…what is our reaction…what will we do with what we have read. My prayer is that my abilities and deeds go far beyond just one opportunity and overflow into a lifestyle of being a “Doer” and not merely a reader or listener.
While the enticements, pitfalls, and lures of everyday life are constantly presenting themselves minute after minute; we are called to demonstrate a patient attitude, illustrate His Kingdom through faith, and exemplify Christ’s character through action. And we are to do this ALL with confidence!
I would ask and encourage you to join me over the next few months as I share my experiences. I will be posting pictures, weekly blogs, and prayer requests. I would also encourage you to respond to the blogs by either commenting or asking questions.
“Be confident of this, that he who began a good work in [YOU, ME, US] will carry it on to completion...” Philippians 1:6.
“I know them, and they follow me…they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:27-28
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither present nor future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus or Lord. Romans 8:38
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed 2 Corinthians 4:8