I was reading in 1 Corinthians 16 this morning, and these verses hit me like a ton of bricks: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.”
This is exactly what I needed to hear as I weigh our future. My husband and I are flying half-way around the world to Australia on January 17th, 2019 to start our exciting adventure as we partner with many to plant a church. There is much to be done in Brisbane, and I know God has led us there to be a part of His wonderful work – his miraculous plan – and I can’t wait to see what He does in and through us!
Despite my excitement for all that is to come next month, I’m still fearful. It will be very difficult to leave behind family. We still need to raise funds as we are not yet fully supported. When we arrive, we need to find a place to live, furniture to fill that place, a car to drive, and so much more. And once we are settled, we will move immediately into ministry opportunities as God continues to open doors. This is where 1 Corinthians 16 verses 13-14 come into play.
Paul encourages us to be on our guard, and I know I need to protect myself from ways in which the enemy is looking to ruin this whole experience. We are instructed to stand firm in our faith, which is so applicable when it comes to our ministry work and trusting God as He provides for our needs. I need to be courageous and strong as I face the sorrows of leaving my loved ones, the hurdles of everyday life that come when you’re leaving everything behind and having to start over, and the struggles – spiritual, emotional, and physical – of such drastic change. Finally, through all of this, I need to do everything in love, especially as we seek to reach the lost through the ministry opportunities that our loving Savior provides!