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Did you know this is my last “Did you know?” – August 31

Posted on Aug 28 , 2014 in Did You Know

 Did you know this is my last “Did you know?”

 A few years back I read a book called, “Christianity Rediscoveredby Vincent Donovan. It is a book that I would highly recommend. The story is about a priest who was working at a residential school in Africa. He realizes that the system was not effective in sharing the Gospel and was not helping the students socially. He headed off to live among the tribal people, learn their language, and share the Gospel with them.

 He discovers the Gospel is not something we share, it is something we experience. We are witnesses to the reality of Christ so when Christ becomes the centre of what we are about, then we experience the reality of Christ. In the story he experiences depression because he does not think they are getting the Gospel. The tribal elders minister to him by witnessing to the reality that Christ did show up in their lives. He learns it is not about him. It is all about Christ and Christ shows up once again in his life as well. It articulates in story form the truth of the Gospel. In the end when he leaves, he goes through many emotional experiences. He has come to love the people God brought him to. He knows that the work is not done, and that there is still much to do, but he also knows it is God’s work. He finds comfort in Paul’s writings, where Paul keeps his focus of the victory won for us in Christ, the Kingdom of Heaven to come, and entrusting that it is Christ himself working in us to complete the good work He has started. So with a tear in his eye he heads off to the new call God has for him knowing God will complete the good work God has started in the lives of the people he has come to love.

 So my friends, with a tear in my eye I pray “May the God of peace personally sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be complete and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

 Your Brother in Christ, Al

 

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