Archive | April 2015

An Instrument of Christ

 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”

– John 18:36 ESV 

I stared out the car window afraid of what I would see. I had only driven through Las Vegas once on a road trip to California and this time I would live to remember it. I felt my stomach churn and my eyes turned every which way for refuge from the grotesque bill boards and filth. I remember that moment and I still think to myself,”This is the world I live in; it’s gross.”

I recently read a story about a woman named Ruth from South Asia who was expected by her parents to be a boy. Her mother and father even sold a field and gave the money to a priest to pray to the gods for a son – since they already had three girls! But, Ruth was not a boy; she was a girl. They hated her and made her work. They didn’t nourish her or love her. Until one day Ruth asked the question,” Why do you hate me?” And it was that day her father yelled the answer,”You should have been a boy!” From that day on, Ruth felt alone, afraid, and unloved.

I have never felt welcome in places like Vegas or walking by a “spiritual consultation” (psychic) office. I don’t feel like this is where I belong. Earth is not my home and I don’t want it to be.

We are called by Christ to flavor the Earth and be it’s light.

   You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

– Matthew 15:13-16

Even though we live in a filthy place, we were called here to serve.  We are the Father’s servants, so we must imitate Him. Just like He came and passed through the earth and came only to serve, so must we.

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

– Matthew 20:28

Going back to Ruth, if no one had given their lives up for Christ, she would not be where she is today!

After her father yelled at her, he wouldn’t talk to her. She felt alone and afraid. But, after a while, a few  Gospel for Asia women missionaries came to her village and ministered to her; the women became like her best friends. That Sunday, Ruth sneaked out of her house and went to church. She loved the service and said,”It’s amazing to know that someone loves me.”

Ruth felt she must show submission to her father, so she went home and went to his feet and tried to touch them (a sign of honor), but her father kicked her in the face. Feelings hurt, Ruth left and went to Bible College and graduated three years later. She lived away from her family. The pastor who lived in her village called her one day and told her to come home. “My father is unkind to me, so I cannot go back,” Ruth told him. But, Ruth received an incredible answer. “Your father is a believer.” Ruth was stunned! Her father? a believer? So, Ruth returned and her father was there waiting for her. Once again, she bent down to touch her father’s feet, and instead of kicking her, he picked her up before she could touch him and for the first time in Ruth’s life she received a hug from her father.

So you see, the only way to somewhat fix this gross world we live in is to give our lives up to Him and serve, pray, and give. I absolutely love the story of Ruth! If those women missionaries wouldn’t have given up their lives to Christ for His Will, she probably wouldn’t be where she is. WE are the instruments of Christ. When He pushes our keys and strums our strings, we make beautiful music for him. HE will use us for His work to reach the un-reached like Ruth.

Before Christ ascended to heaven, He gave us the greatest commandment:

  And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

All for now,

Emily 😀

This is Ruth:

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This is her video story:

Resources courtesy Gospel For Asia Blogger’s Team 🙂

To find out more about South Asia and it’s need for Christ, visit:

http://www.gfa.org

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This entry was posted on April 16, 2015. 1 Comment

Come to Me

                 Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, should I not seek rest for you, that it may be well with you? Is not Boaz our relative, with whose young women you were? See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. Wash therefore and anoint yourself, and put on your cloak and go down to the threshing floor, but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. But when he lies down, observe the place where he lies. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down, and he will tell you what to do.”

– Ruth 3:1-4

 Ruth is one of the most beautiful, romantic, tragic, and awkward story in the entire Bible. The drama of it is like God’s version of Anne of Green Gables.

Yet because of it’s uniqueness, the story and character of Ruth is one of the most incredible things we can resemble as daughters of Christ.

Consider Ruth:

Her name means friendship, and in the worst and darkest of times, she stood strong with Naomi (her mother-in-law) and continued to remain faithful to her in the worst times.

My favorite part of the book of Ruth is when she goes to Boaz’s home and sleeps at his feet. A number of people think Ruth’s actions were disgusting and perverted, yet they were very humble and gracious. By sleeping at his feet, Ruth was telling Boaz that she wanted him to be a spiritual protection over her and that she needed help.

Just like Christ, Boaz later married Ruth and claimed the inheritance of her dead husband and they had a son named Obed; who later became the great grandfather of King David.

Ruth is afraid, she is helpless, and alone without the protection of a man to give her courage.

It is also this way with us.

We are alone, afraid, and helpless. Yet, only when we sit at the feet of the cross and let his sacrifice fall upon us, then and then only do we gain his help. Our burden is too heavy to be carried alone. Boaz carried Ruth’s burden with her. Sam carried Frodo’s burden with him. Polly carried Digory’s burden with him. Aravis and Shasta shared the same burden of loneliness and carried it together. Elijah carried his burdens with Elisha. I not only have someone to share my burdens with, but someone to lift them off my shoulders. We must surrender ourselves to Christ and let Him bear our burdens with us. In the book of Job is one of my favorite verses about surrender:

               Surrender your heart to God, turn to Him in prayer, and give up your sins – even those you do in secret. Then you won’t be ashamed; you will be confident and fearless.

– Job 11:13-15

In the Pilgrim’s Progress, Christian has a burden when he leaves his corrupted city and follows the Road. His burden continues to get heavier and heavier until he literally lays it at the foot of the cross. Our life is a road, and only until we lay our heavy burden, our sins, our lives, into Christ’s hands do we have freedom. He rejoices to see us at peace; in fact, Christ weeps when we won’t take His peace!

To gain peace is to surrender to Christ and give Him your burden. To gain peace is to surrender to Christ and give Him your sins. To gain peace is to surrender to Christ and give Him your broken heart, your tears, your life. He is just waiting for you to give it to Him. He wants to help you, all He wants is for you to lay at His feet and humbly ask Him to take your burdens.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

– Matthew 11:28

 

With Joy in the Lord,

Emily 😀

P.S. Jamie Grace’s Come to Me song…hope it encourages you!! One of my favs.

 

This entry was posted on April 6, 2015.