Has it really been two months since my last blog? So much has been going on, and from a human perspective you could say it's been a hard road. However, as believers who serve Jesus first we know that all things work together for good, to those who love God and those called according to His purpose (paraphrased, Romans 8:28).
ALL things work together for the GOOD, to those who love HIM and those called according to HIS purpose.
How encouraging is that?! Written by a bloke who knew what it cost to follow Jesus. He faced persecution on an unprecedented level, and yet had this assurity of faith that lead him onto become one of God's leading men. Paul sacrificed all to follow Jesus and to make His message known. When he came to the end of his life, Paul had no concerns about this earthly life and what was going on around him. His eyes were focused only on what lay ahead. Amazing, don't you think?
Over the past few weeks my lovely wife and I have moved into short term rental accommodation - a holiday home right on the beach. We are so thankful to God for his provision. What seems less certain is where we'll be living come mid November. Where we live and run our business (not this ministry) both rentals and houses for sale are very scarce right now and have been for quite a while. A search on TradeMe shows just 90 houses for sale in the area, with a good half of them outside our price. We go to open homes and join the queues. One property we looked at was on the market for $520k, the agent commented he had never seen so much interest during one open home in his 30+ years as a real estate agent. That house sold 10 days after it's first open home. Finding a quality rental is no different.
The station has also had it's fair share of issues as has our business post lockdown. All these things bring together a fair deal of stress and, by God's amazing grace, we're holding in there firm.
On the plus side, God is bringing more awareness of The ONE's existence. Our Facebook page is sitting around 1100 likes and the station listening stats are growing month on month. Many people are hearing the true gospel message, some for the first time.
Why Am I saying all this?
Because, like Paul, we as believers face hardships everyday when we serve Jesus. But, when we face them with Jesus, it's His power, strength and peace that compels us to go on. Like Peter who tried to walk out to Jesus on the water, he was doing well until he took his eyes of Jesus and started looking at the circumstances around him. We must not let the currents of today engulf our love for Jesus and prevent us from focusing on Him and proclaiming His gospel.
Let's keep fighting the good fight, proclaiming Jesus to a lost and fear-filled world.
Your brother in Christ,