Barren mothers bear fruit

It’s ok to feel barren or unproductive. Great people were born of completely sterile mothers.

Sampson, Samuel, and John the Baptist were all born from barren, embarrased mothers.

All of these mothers had incredible encounters with God, as he spoke to them and provided a child.

Perhaps because they knew that their sons were not from them, but a gift from God, the Lord was free and eager to use them to display his glory.

Cry out to God like Hannah, and get a son like Samuel.

It’s through these kinds of humble people that God does mighty, earth shattering things.

“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
In the Lord my horn is lifted high…
She who was barren has borne seven children”
(1 Samuel 2)

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What is the work?

What is the work? What do we do?

It’s the “work of Christ.” (Phil 2:30)

  • carrying his life
  • interceeding with him
  • making him known
  • teaching what he commanded
  • doing what he says
  • living and suffering with him
  • going with him to “the next village” (Mark 1)

These are the simple terms that the apostles used to describe what today we call “missions.” They were witnesses of Christ, messengers of Christ, servants and ambassadors of Christ. They were minister’s of God’s reconciliation in Christ.

The work, the salvation, and the church is his. He won’t give his glory to another.

The work of Christ: it’s a precious spiritual commodity that he gives out to us. We can’t package it, methodize it, or pay people to do it. We can’t reproduce it with human strength, resources, or ingenuity.

We can only get it from him, and we can only do it with him.

He is the vision, he is the fuel, and his glory is the result.

It’s simply, “the work of Christ.”

The challenge in this thing we call missions, is to remember that.

“He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” (Colossians 1:28)

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