Saturday, March 31, 2012

Saturday, 03/31/12

New Test: 2 Corinthians 4:13-18
Old Testament: Exodus 10:21-11:8
Gospel: Mark 10:46-52
Psalms: 137:1-6(7-9), 144, 42, 43  
 “… Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, … so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.  Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen…” (2 Cor. 4:13-18)

These verses crisply state the true benefit of our faith and the grace of living a godly life that, together, our faith and our ability to give our time and our resources to others helps spread the grace of God to more and more people. 

While reading and contemplating these verses, I was taken back to our church family’s mission trip work in Nashville and Chicago.  The amount of faith shown, scripture spoken, and tireless giving by the St. Matthew’s teams throughout those trips truly speaks of a loving God and His blessings. 

I watched our mission teams do incredible work for people that were in need of life resources and faith resources.  I am certain that the “same spirit” that our teams brought to these trips made an immeasurable and profound impact on the people of Chicago.  Equally, I think the “same spirit” that some of us witnessed and experienced at the
“By The Hand Schools” brought our teams grace and the glory of God. 
I remember participating in morning worship with very needy children in the middle of some of the harshest communities of Chicago.  Each time, it was a very moving experience.  The children sang, danced, and worshiped to renew themselves day by day and to prepare themselves to fight the evil lurking just outside their fences.  That renewal rubbed off on us as well; everyone involved was touched by God’s grace as it spread more and more throughout our shared experiences. 

Additionally, our mission trip experiences had a lasting effect on me and my family.  We vowed to return to Sterling and begin contributing monthly to LINK in order to help, here at home, with the same fight against hunger we saw in Chicago. 

Therefore, do not lose your heart, follow the light of Jesus, and be of the same spirit.


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