『凡你們所作的，無論是言語或行為，都要奉主耶穌的名，藉著他感謝父 神 』(歌羅西書 3:17)
Last Sunday I preached a sermon title, "the things we should be most thankful." What is the things that we should be most thankful? I think it is the bible. God gave us His word. I briefly survey through the history, we learned that bible did not come easily. Many people sacrifices their lives in order to translated the word of God. Today, through the bible, we can know who God is, and learn the truth, so we can have purpose and direction in live. Yet how may people really know, the the hope of the human race is in the bible? What about Japanese? do they know?
I learn that Japanese people are very much like to read. In many countries, physical bookstore are closing business, yet not Japan. However, even though Japanese read so much, they probably never flip a page of the bible. Japan need people to share, to interpret, to preach the bible message to them.
In this thanksgiving, as I reflect on God's goodness, I was moved to thank the Lord, because He gave us the opportunity to know Him through the bible. Let us ask the Lord to open the heart of Japanese people and give them more exposure to the bible, and have a desire to study God's word, so they might find the truth, and the truth will set them free.
"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
Colossians 3:17 (ESV)
Today, everything went public. The calling, the plan to be missionary to Japan. It was a happy and sad moment.
I am happy because God's leading is clear, and He answer many prayers, I know we are living in His will, that is a joyful thing.
Sad, because looking at these loving brothers and sisters, we know we will miss them.
Today we sang by and by, what a fitting song for moment like this.
"By and by, when the morning comes,
when the saints of God are gathered home,
we'll tell the story how we've overcome,
for we'll understand it better by and by. "
Yes, we will share about the battle, the victory, the journey, once again. When we see each other again in eternity. What a wonderful blessing and assurance.
I felt blessed by everyone. Their support and prayer is precious.
I am thankful that I can freely share God's leading in my life, and His calling to Japan, and share our learning in this journey. Thank you Lord. May our life be a blessing to others, especially to the people whom God put in my care for the past 3 and half years. May God continue to use us to serve TVC for the rest of my time here.
I just read a sentence from Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret.
"He said "I never made a sacrifice," looking back over a life in which most would see exactly the opposite. But what he said was true, He had learned through all his experience that what he gained was real and lasting and that "give up" is inevitably receiving when one is dealing heart to heart with God."
What a wonderful saying, I pray that my family will also experience such deep, and irreplaceable joy in Christ.
Gary & Jennifer
Serving Japanese for the sake of the gospel.