When I list the goals we've set as a team on my personal to-do list, I feel a multitude of a feelings ranging from panic to complacency. I'm confident these are not the feelings Jesus wants to drive us in partnering with Him in His work. The words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30 ring true for me during this season, “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
Praise the Lord that salvation isn’t found in completed checklists, churches planted and the number of individuals we disciple. Salvation is found only in the person and work of Jesus Christ. I need to be reminded to not fixate on the task at hand, on just doing and striving. The most important, and sometimes difficult, work is found in coming to Jesus and taking His lighter yoke upon myself and learning from Him. It lies in abiding in and spending time with Him, in obeying His voice over my to-do list.
I don’t want to be in Southeast Asia in order to vainly and fruitlessly build upon my own foundation. I want to be involved in truly impactful work that lasts and that bears much fruit for the glory of God in Jesus. May God bless you and I with the desire to come to Jesus, to lean on and learn from Him, and to live lives of obedience that bear much fruit wherever we are.