Tag: Thoughts along the way

Episode 26: Living Committed

God is reaching the lost not through programs but through individuals whose lives are so committed to Him that He uses them as vessels to anoint a lost world.

-K.P. Yohannan, Revolution in World Missions

 

Good programs and great vision draw the attention of many Christians. And as followers of Christ we do help the poor as described in Matthew 25, not because we are commissioned to but because something changes in our very nature when we become followers of Christ. But our divinely originated empathy for the downtrodden is no replacement for our divinely anointed mission. 

God changes the world not through programs but through presence. Jesus gave us the ultimate example. He became flesh and dwelt among us. He preformed many miracles and taught the multitudes all great programs. But his lasting impact was carried forth by the eleven people who he successfully discipled. 

May we be like Christ. May we live lives so committed to God that He uses us as vessels to anoint a lost and dying world. 

With much love, 1CD38D2B-A6B2-4EFB-AFD7-7812C81D5BCEThe Downings

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Episode 24: Seeds of Revival

God has huge plans for the world today! He is not content to merely establish a handful of struggling churches among each tongue, tribe and nation. Even now He is preparing and empowering His Church to carry the seeds of revival to the uttermost ends of the earth.

-David Smithers

Friend, if you are a follower of Christ He is preparing you, He is empowering you to carry the seeds revival to the uttermost parts of the earth. We often think of the great desire of our Lord, His great commission, as the domain of a few energetic Christians called missionaries. But in reality every Christian is given the great commission. We all bear responsibility to carry the seeds of revival to everyone we meet. We all have the responsibility to go, send, and pray for God’s great desire to be accomplished.

Friend, you are called to go. You are called to send missionaries. You are called to pray. If follow Christ you are called into His mission!

May our Father prepare, empower and guide us to carry to the seeds of revival into all the world. 

With much love, E485775C-AFF2-40F9-B51B-573DD3A6D020The Downings

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Episode 22: Consumed

God, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life and may I burn for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek not a long life, but a full one, like You, Lord Jesus.

-Jim Elliot

Would you prefer to live a long safe life or would you prefer to live on the vanguard of God’s consuming fire? For most of us this is not a true binary choice. It is not an either or proposition, we may indeed burn brightly for Him for many long years. But what if… what if we are among those whom God calls to burn quickly for Him? 

For followers of Christ who live with Eternity in mind our lives are not confined to this world. We are confident that we will follow Christ in this life, through death and into eternal life. From this perspective living life in God’s consuming fire is more important that living a lengthy life. 

May our lives be marked by God’s consuming fire. May we live with Eternity in mind. 

With much love, E485775C-AFF2-40F9-B51B-573DD3A6D020The Downings

Have you ever considered why Christians go through trials and tribulations? If so, please click here and listen to  Episode 19:  Presence.