This past weekend, Franco and I headed up to Toronto to spend some time with friends of his that are returning to Africa (& Sudan) for 5 years. We had the opportunity to attend their church and the message that we heard was very simple - but so profound.
Here are some of the main points that they shared:
Hold firmly to your faith (Heb. 4:14 NIV), the message translation says this:
“Now that we know what we have (wow!)--Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God--let's not let it slip through our fingers. “
Which brought us to their next point...the boldness that we have - as the blood-bought children of God - to approach God directly.
Things we’ve all heard before right? Like I said, a very simple message...but when you put in into a different context...it becomes something much bigger. Here’s what I mean...
At the end of the service, the pastor was praying over the 4 CUSH members (the “Africa-bound” team) - and one of the things that he prayed was that in any situation that they may face, that they would “be still and know that He is God” (Psalm 46:10). Message translation says this: “Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God.”
Over here in North America, and pretty much all of the Western world....our “need” for God is very different than for people in 3rd world countries and the people who go there to serve them. Over “there”- their need for God is total. In that context - those verses are full of life. “Hold tight to your faith; be still and know that I am God”...How then, in our culture, can we learn to apply those awesome truths to our own lives?
~Just thought I’d pass along some “food for thought”...