Making It Count

20150416_151724 I am not content to live a life of routine. I don’t want to get trapped in the “American Dream.”

I know too much. I’ve experienced enough that I cannot just sit back and relax.

Now, I have an obligation.

With education and awareness comes a privilege to do something more. Now that I know of the hurts of the world, I will not let myself remain on the sidelines. If I looked into the eyes of the starving children in India’s slums, the 7-year old Thai girl being sold into sex slavery by her parents, or the Chinese grandmother who worships idols in temples every week, I wouldn’t be able to turn my face away. I would want to run to them, scoop them up, help meet their needs, and tell them of Our Father in Heaven who loves them deeply.

Why, though, is it so easy for me to brush away thoughts of the stories I’ve heard and the things I’ve seen? This is what can happen when I come back to my hometown, where life is easy. Why do I move about my daily life as if nothing has changed?

I know the hurts of the world. Yet, I don’t pour out my life as an offering the way Christ calls believers to do. I try, but I if I am not intentional I can easily be pulled away from that deep relationship with God. That relationship is what moves believers to be fully alive, truly being who God created them to be.

Jesus commands us to love our neighbors (Mark 12:31). He commands us to die to ourselves so that the overflow of Christ in our lives would spur us to act (Matthew 16:24-25). Jesus says to count the cost (Luke 14:25-34). Being a Christian is more than praying a prayer. It’s more than showing up for church every week.

Being a Christian is about submission. It is about giving the Lord your life and letting Him determine your path. On a practical level, this means showing up for God. It means having a relationship with Christ where you read the Bible, pray, and listen to what God is teaching you. Ultimately, on this Christian walk as God works in our hearts, we are going to become more and more like Christ.

So, what does this mean? Where am I going with all of this?

Honestly, I am not sure. I don’t know exactly what God is going to do with this in my life. What I do know is that a spark has been ignited. As my heart has been turned toward Christ, I have a clearer picture of God’s love for His people. I have better understood the way God loves me and I want to encourage other women to follow after their Creator.

Right now, I’m in a season where I am praying hard. I want to know Christ more. I am excited because I know that when I show up, I’ll meet God because He is always there. More than anything, I want to know Christ and make Him known.

That’s all I know for now.

Thanks for being with me on this beautiful journey. :)

3 thoughts on “Making It Count

  1. Is an elderly woman praying in a Buddhist temple a hurt of the world? Can it really be described in the same sentence as a child sold into sex slavery? I understand where you are coming from, but I think and hope, that even for the most devote of Christians, that they are two very different issues.

    1. Hey Rosie, Thanks for your comment. I see why you would say that they are different issues because, to many, the issue of a child being sold into sex slavery is a far greater tragedy. I would agree that I also feel more sick to my stomach over the thought of a child being abused. I also brought up someone worshipping idols at a Buddhist temple because it’s another symptom of the sin in the world and a lack of Christ in people’s lives. By this I mean the sin that entered the world at the Fall of Man. It’s what separated mankind from God. Only through reconciliation through Jesus are we able to be in that right relationship with God again.

      Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Then Romans 6:23 goes on to say, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” We’ve all sinned. We’re all going to miss God’s mark because even one sin is making us fall short of the glory of God. But, there’s hope given to humanity in the form of the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Because I have accepted that free gift of eternal life from Jesus, I can be sure that I am going to Heaven when I die (Ephesians 1:13-14). Knowing what I know about salvation and God’s love in sending Jesus, I have an obligation to tell people about it.

      Jesus tells the disciples “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age,” (Matthew 28:19-20). I only used a woman in China who does not know Jesus as one example of someone who needs to hear the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ because without it she’s on a path to a very grim eternity. There are people in America who essentially worship their money who need Jesus, too. We all need Jesus. We all fall short and need His perfect sacrifice.

      So, while the issues may appear different at first, when looking at it from an eternal perspective both have to do with saving their lives. One is more about the immediate physical life being saved from harm’s way, while the other is about the eternal life being saved from the fires of hell. At the end of the day, what I’m thinking and praying about is the fact that so many people don’t know Jesus and my heart is breaking for them. This isn’t about me arrogantly feeling that my religion is better, but about knowing the truth that God in his love wants a relationship with the people He created. Because I know how much God loves us, I desire for everyone to know Him and be able to take hold of His precious gifts.

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