Friday, June 14, 2013

Dependable in the Mundane

This is the devotional sent out on June 5th after Blaine and I met with the landowner on June 4th. We've seen God's power in action along our journey and we believe this message was brought to us, at this time, as encouragement for this specific situation. Blaine and I could have prayed together and not shared this situation with you - and we believe the outcome would be the same - but we also felt a strong encouragement to invite others to pray with us. No two faith journeys are the same. We are made in God's image, but we are all uniquely created people. It is our desire to encourage each one of you to continually seek after Him, as we all learn and grow in this life on earth. Our desire always is to bring glory to His name and to share His love with others, as we live out our lives each day. Abundant blessings!

Dependable in the Mundane by John Piper

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

One of the most powerful testimonies to the all-sufficiency of future grace is the “faith principle” that has governed the lives of so many missionaries, notably those of Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF).

Without condemning those who follow a different pattern, it has been the practice of those who follow in the steps of Hudson Taylor to move the hearts of people to give by talking to God and not people.

James H. Taylor, the great-grandson of the founder, explains how this faith in future grace, rooted in demonstrations of bygone grace, honors God.

We . . . begin from a position of faith. We believe God does exist. We have become convinced of this in a variety of ways, but all of us have experienced the grace of God in bringing us to know Himself through Jesus Christ and through rebirth by His Spirit. We believe we have good grounds of believing in Him through the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead: we believe that someone who said He would die and rise again, and did it, is credible in every other way. Therefore we are prepared to trust Him, not only for the eternal salvation of our souls, but also for the practical provision of our daily bread and financial support. OMF publishes testimonies of God’s amazing faithfulness to demonstrate the glory of his all-supplying future grace. “We want to demonstrate that God can be trusted to do all that He says He will do, by sharing how He has provided for such mundane needs as plane tickets, meals, medical expenses, and the regular support of a whole group of Christian people for well over a hundred years.”

What OMF is devoted to is glorifying the dependability of God — in their message and in their method. Hudson Taylor put it this way: “There is a living God. He has spoken in the Bible. He means what He says and will do all that He has promised.”

Lives of faith are the great mirror of the dependability of God.

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