Friday, January 28, 2011

"As You Go"

"Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.."  Matthew 29:19

This verse actually tells us that "as you go" make disciples.  As you all know, it is the Great Commission given to us by Jesus before He ascended into heaven.  I am hoping to make 2011 an even MORE intentional year AS I GO each day.  This may mean seizing opportunities at school with my high school students, being bolder at the grocery store with the checkers that I know, with the pharmacist with whom we know, etc.  Time is so short.  We do not know how many days we have left nor do we know how many days those around of us have left to live on this earth.

Our family just received tragic news of the death of one of our friends' daughters, Erika.  Erika was 25, was married to a military man who was serving in Korea, and had two precious daughters ages 3 months and 2 1/2.   Her car flipped due to icy roads in Ohio where she lived until she could join her husband in China for a three year assignment.  The girls survived, but she did not.  We are grieving with the family for this tremendous loss, but are reminded of the hope we have for eternal life.  That is the hope that will keep this family going.  They grieve, but not as those without hope (see I Thess. 4:13)!  This is a hope that is A ROCK!   Praise God that this young lady knew Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.  Please be in prayer for this family!

There are accidents every day where people lose their lives who are not believers.  Let us remember that life is just a vapor and not waste any moment we have to boldly tell others about Jesus Christ and His sacrificial death to pay the penalty for our sins and reserve for us a place in heaven.