My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Keeping Right On!
So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.
(Acts 5:41 NASB)
And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
(Acts 5:42 NASB)
The apostles were singularly focused. They knew what they were to
be doing every single day and that was to tell others about Jesus. They
wanted to be faithful to Jesus and so they gave everything they could
to him every single day. Their positive feedback came in the form of
punishment. When they were punished for spreading the word about him
they rejoiced for it simply reinforced that they were doing what Jesus
had called them to do.
Sometimes it can be easy for me to become discouraged. Being back
in Russia for a few days has reminded me about just how difficult life
can be here. Simple tasks in the US become a major project and the
emotional and physical energy to complete the tasks can suck all the
life out of you! We all have moments like this when we simply don't
feel that we have the energy to go on, and yet, we are called to go on!
We are called to keep on keeping on! The first century followers of
Christ were not encouraged by outsiders. Rather, they were torn down,
criticized, beaten and told to keep their mouths shut. What did they do
in the midst of those circumstances? They praised the Lord -- and they
went out and continued to do what God had called them to do, and what
they were called to do is the same task to which we are called. We are
to be God's people who day in and day out keep on keeping on, teaching
and preaching Jesus! The obstacles of life should actually serve as
catalysts to the ministry. Yes, things are difficult, but it is in the
difficulties that we see God do his work. We are encouraged in the
midst of the persecution and in the obstacles for they simply become
more circumstances in which the power of God can be revealed in our
lives! Let them throw the stones in our paths -- because if we make it
through the obstacle course it will not be to reveal who we are -- but
rather who He is! We must not give up -- we must keep on doing his work every
Lord, please help me today to be your servant in all that I do! Amen.