“For in this case the saying is true, 'One sows and another reaps.' I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor."”
John 4:37-38 NASB
Total disclosure - I always get choked up at services that honor soldiers. They affect me deeply. Men and women who are willing to run head long into harms way for me, so that I can enjoy everything that it means to live in the United States. Why would anyone do that? Because they see the United States as something greater than what they can sacrifice, and the understand that freedom comes with a price.
Jesus spoke of this very thing in a John Chapter 4. We as Christians who have had the life transforming reality of hearing the gospel, responding to it, learning from it, and are in the throes of being molded into His likeness and becoming like Him; we all must realize that the gospel has come to us with a great amount of sacrifice from a great number of people before us who realized that the gospel message much more vaulable than whatever they could ever sacrifice. There are so many people that I have ahd the privilege of working with that make this statement of Chrsit a living reality in my own life:
And finally, I think of Doug and Carol who have not only impacted the world for the sake of the gospel, but in the midst of the greatest lives of Godliness, were willing to put me and my family on their shoulders, so that I might become what God had intended for me and that are family could impact others.
Like the ornaments on a tree, these disciples of Christ are a part of the body of workers that have given up everything, that all of us all over the world might have the privilege of receiving the gospel. So when you look at the ornaments on your tree this year, think of those who have given sacrificially to the gospel, pray for them, give so that they may conitnue, write them, thank them, and then go and do likewise.
Below are the Gospel Organizations that are represented in this post - please give to these organizations this Christmas and New Years, join their email lists and see what God is doing all over the world in 2017!
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