Listening to Teresa, I was struck with the simplicity and devotion of her service to our Father. She quite simply saw the need and came here to fill the vacancy. Her children have grown up, her husband is gone and she, rather than feeling sorry for herself, is racking up some pretty hefty rewards in the next life. Her life is adventurous, (this weekend she’ll be back packing up a mountain with some locals to witness to some people who have never heard of Christ) courageous and over all … very impressive.
I am discovering people outside of our Village are not the only ones who need to “come and see”. So do we. There are things critical to our spiritual development as the body of Christ in the Village,that are found only outside the Village, that we must see as well.
The last few years, our Father has been opening my heart to all the other things He has been doing throughout the time He gathered us together in the Village and for the last two thousand years. It's so easy to slip into focusing exclusively on what God is doing with us and missing all the other wonderful things He is up to. A close friend of mine recently sent me a morning devotional from Charles Spurgeon about what a faithful Shepherd –King we have and how He is constantly building up all His people.
Yet in every generation He has His Overcomers. He and they will not be caught unaware or unready. Yes, things are growing bad; many people are disheartened by the terrible worldliness flooding (not creeping) into the church and the growing number of young people leaving the traditional practice of Christianity. The overall response of contemporary Christianity to their young people leaving has been worse than what caused their young people to leave in the first place.
Yet, God not only knows this; but knew it would happen before the Church was born. See (Luke 18:8, 2 Tim 3:1-5 etc.)
May the God who never sleeps strengthen us all.
(Revelations 3:2 and 1Peter 5:10)