Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Pleasing God or men? . . .

Hey guys here is a verse that blessed me today. . . "Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ."
What is it about being a missionary that makes it feel like in some small way we are here so that our supporters will be pleased with what we are doing. With things happening to some missionaries like supporters choosing not to support another amount of time because that missionary did not meet their expectations. Or like when the host community that the missionary goes to live in sees that their expectations are not met. Is it possible to be a missionary and please God while remaining at peace with your supporters and not having a feeling of guilt much of the time? These are all questions that I have found myself thinking at times, but what I keep coming back to is the fact that the Lord wants us to trust Him and not just strive to please him. Sometimes we need to face the fact that with our sinful human nature we cannot fully please Him so we should maybe spend more time trusting in Him and letting Him remake us and work through us like He really wants to. Isn't it funny sometimes how we strive so hard and against all odds to work for Him and to please Jesus when in reality He just wants us to focus and live our lives with Him by our side all the time.

Check out this link. Be prepared though it is a heart tugger. Its like the video about this man and his disabled son. God's love is like that. We are really like that son that can't do much but lie there and soak in His grace. We are most of the time unable to bless Him and He is ok with that, He just wants our trust and love and for us to show that to others that he already loves and cherishes but they are unaware. God bless you guys today! :)

B

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Brian,

We are very glad to hear that your dad is doing well. We continue to pray for him and your family during these challenging times.

John