Here are some verses which have made an impact on my life throughout 2008.
While there are a lot more than these, here are a couple to begin with:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:19-20
We are on God’s mission, to reach out to the unreached with the Father’s love. One thing which I have realized throughout the year is that – it doesn’t matter where we are, we can still shine God’s love and we ARE on mission all the time!
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” ~ John 13:34-35
Why are we in Christian community? What should Christian community look like? Sometimes, it may be hard to figure out. But thing I know for sure – we should be in community to love one another – and just not any love, but love which SHOWS all men that we are followers of Jesus Christ. When people look at our community – it should SHOW. Community should be a form of witness.
“… for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength” ~ Philippians 4:11b-13
Something which God has been teaching me slowly, and something which I still have a long way to go – we will face many circumstances, both good and bad. However, a lot of the times we feel that we only need to turn to God in dire times, to let go of the bad things to God. We many times pray for the things we want to get rid of, like a bad habit, or the problems we see in our community. And indeed, we should!
But one thing I have learned recently – we have to let go of the things we WANT to God, the things we want to hold on to. Take Abraham for example – who got his only son Isaac, and when God called him to sacrifice his son, Abraham did what was right – to give his only son back to God, to let it all go into God’s hands.
When we surrender everything into God’s hands, He can bless us so much more in return, and we can find true peace in all circumstances, even if we do not fully understand everything. Which leads on to my next and final verse for now:
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end” ~ Ecclesiastes 3:11
We cannot ever understand what God’s plan is, or why he allows certain things to happen. However, we can only trust in His perfect hands, that he will make everything beautiful.
As the Lord is our shepherd, we do not need to know the destination, but let just follow him step by step, trusting in Him, and surrendering everything to Him!
If you want to read a bit more, I also wrote a bit more of what God has been teaching me in my latest album preface, which you can listen to as well!