We gave our first presentation at the church where I spent most of my teen years. The pastor, Karl Thompson, brought a beautiful, powerful message. Speaking from Hebrews 10, he reminded us that Jesus Christ gave everything for us, so we can endure suffering or give up our things for Him. The great news of the gospel is that we get God. God is the gospel (to quote John Piper.)
A Christ-follower, by nature, is driven to follow Jesus Christ. Instead of building our kingdoms here on earth, amassing our wealth and curating our influence, we invest our time, money and resources into the kingdom of God.
In the time of the writing of the book of Hebrews, Christ-followers were persecuted by the Romans. Some lost their jobs, properties, and lives. Others chose to be associated with the persecuted, suffering loss as well. 21st century Christians are called to do the same. We are privileged to be associated with those who are persecuted and taken advantage of. In doing so, we will spend our time, health, resources and sometimes our reputation. We have to keep eternity in perspective, and store up our treasures in Heaven. After all, we've been given the best gifts of all an intimate friendship with God, forgiveness, soul-peace, and ultimate life purpose.
We're a family on mission to bring the good news of Jesus to the Philippines.