I was reading a new blog post at The Journey, Katie’s blog about her ministry in Uganda. She has taken on so much in her short twenty years of life and she was made aware of a widow, very sick with AIDS, who needed someone to care for her and help with food and medicine. She writes about her struggle to make the decision to ask the woman to come live with her.
This is Katie’s family – the fourteen children she is mother to. I love this photo:
What I appreciated about her words was the fight that goes on in all of us. Every day we are presented with choices. Many times we talk ourselves out of doing something we think might be hard or inconvenience us.
At the end of her post she came to the conclusion that what was really happening was that the Lord was working on her heart – the woman actually turned her down and did not want to move in. But, in her wrestling with the decision she realized that God was asking her to be willing to obey even when it felt hard or inconvenient.
She quoted from Matthew 25 where Jesus is talking about the judgment and separating the sheep from the goats – those who saw people in need and did something about it and those who either didn’t notice the needy or chose not to help. Forgive my very succinct, condensed version!
What hit me when I read it was that it isn’t our deeds that save us. That is NEVER Jesus’ message. We are saved by grace, through faith in the work of Christ – nothing in ourselves at all! But, it is apparent by our works that we are saved or that we aren’t.
I really want to be willing and open to obeying God in any task He would ask of me. To do that I need to be ready. How can I do that? I need to be immersing myself in the Word of God daily. That is the daily bread that is necessary in order to live the life God wants me to. The more I understand Who God is and breathe His Word into every part of my life, the more my responses will be like Christ. I need to die to myself – put aside what I think is so important and lay my life at the foot of the cross – a willing and humble servant.
The Christian life is a fight every day. We are saved when God does the work of regeneration in our hearts and makes us into a new creation, but we are still plagued with the sin nature. It is a battle and we have to take it seriously. We must arm ourselves. Again, the way we do that is with God’s Word.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Please do follow the link and read her entire post. Katie is an inspiration and God is using her mightily. And, look around you for the needy – those who may just need a kind word or a smile. Be Jesus to those you come in contact with!