Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Next Step

I like walking barefoot. It reminds me of who I am. It keeps me grounded, so to speak. In ancient times it was a sign of poverty or even slavery. Today it is a physical reminder to me that I have given up everything to become a bondservant of Jesus Christ.
The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many. In some of His last words to His disciples Jesus said that He no longer called them servants but friends, for a servant does not know his master's business.
All throughout my life I have felt a call. Something that I could not describe or fully comprehend. I still don't understand all of God's purposes but He fills me in with the appropriate details when I need them. Something that I can never seem to work out is this concept of being both a servant and a friend. How can the Eternal God of all creation call me His friend? Somehow I find it so much easier to think of myself as a servant. As a servant I can just do what I'm told but still remain somewhat aloof. However, being a servant is no longer enough. God is calling me beyond that. Not only that but he is calling me to carry others on my shoulders.
I'm terrified. Coming face to face with the Living God is a serious thing. It's true that no man can see God and live. I must die. I must die daily. Only then can Christ live in me and work in me by the Spirit of power from on high.
Two weeks from now my master's business is taking me to New Zealand, where I will join the staff of the Backpacker Discipleship Training School (BDTS). I am wildly excited about this. I'm excited to see how God works. I'm also excited to see how the rest of the necessary funds will come in. I still need approximately $5,500 Canadian dollars over the next six months. I will need about half of that within the next two weeks.
It's quite humbling to know that I can't do this on my own. Thank you for standing with me. Please join me in praying for God's glory to be revealed. Pray for the students, that God would begin preparing their hearts for all that he has for them over the next six months. Pray for the leaders, that God would unite us by His Spirit and give us unconditional love for each other and for the people that we are ministering to. Pray that all the funds would come in, for myself and others. Pray that the million little details of the next two weeks would fall into place and that Our Father would keep my focus on Him, through all circumstances.

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