“We give them courage to share the gospel”
This statement was shared with us this morning as we began our mission orientation with Rob and Lori Pengra, our missionary hosts while in Thailand. What a profound thought for me to begin this week of serving!
In a place where I can’t speak the language and still learning about the culture and people, it’s hard to believe that I could give anyone courage. However, for the tiny percentage of Thai Christians, coming to this country to love, encourage and support them in their faith in Christ and the spreading of the gospel, is a big deal.
As I think about my life in the States, I ponder…Am I living a life that gives others courage to share the gospel?
Today was filled with much activity to help our team with a foundational understanding of the spiritual climate here. As we visited the Hindu/Buddhist worship areas around town, we saw so many Bible passages come to life and become even more personal and real to us.
Daniel 3:1. King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its breadth six cubits. He set it up on the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
After watching men, women and especially the children “worship” these idols, our team walked way with our hearts grieved for what we saw and experienced. And so, we prayed and prayed that eyes would be opened and hearts transformed for Christ, the only way for salvation and eternal life.
As blatant as this type of idol worship is, I’m again left to ask myself, What are the idols in my life? They may not be 100 feet high man made structures, but anything or any people in my life that takes my focus off Christ, is an idol.
Hmmm, something to pray and reflect upon.