"Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody." 1 Thessalonians 4
A few months back, our missionary from China came to church for a visit to bring us an update on the work there. He said the greatest question for the Chinese believers was no longer
"am I willing to die for Christ?" as it was years ago,
but now it's "how do I live for Christ?"
That question has stayed in my mind ever since. When I think about all the work which goes into just one blog post, not to mention scheduling some a few weeks in advance, it is tiring sometimes. However, the Lord kindly reminds me that while seemingly small, this place is where I have an opportunity to encourage, teach, and make friends for His glory. And so, in between photography & business related writings, I'd like to add posts on living the daily Christian life. These will include thoughts gathered from sermons, quotes from authors, hymns that minister to my soul, etc. How does that sound? Blogs and the internet were only starting to be a 'thing' when I was learning and growing as a young believer, and now it's where we go for just about anything, and is a lovely platform for walking alongside my comrades in the faith.
For living the Christian life in this world involves hard work.
It takes ambition and aspiration.
It means mistakes, re-calibration, 'turning our feet into His testimonies', and maybe doing it all again tomorrow.
And the reward for walking on this journey?
As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness;
I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake. Psalm 17:15
Friend, it is all worth it.
The title for this series comes from the sermon by Pastor Lee McKinnon who came to visit for our church's anniversary. It encapsulated all that I have been learning so far through our recent messages in John and present series in Romans.
Listen here Part 1 & Part 2
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