On the Long View
One of the greatest challenges in the Christian life is to live in the world, and at the same time not be of the world (John 17).
God still asks us to live sacrificially in obedience. Scripture is clear of what God expects of His people. We no longer need to bring animal sacrifices to an altar because of Christ’s once-for-all sacrifice on our behalf. Now, unlike dead animal sacrifices, Christians must LIVE to serve God constantly. In Christ, we have an intimate relationship with God, who in His great mercy sent His one and only Son to die for us while we were still sinners. Out of a gratitude we express with sacrificial our daily lives to honor and bring glory to God.
We were recently reminded of the need to pause and “take the long view” and ask the following questions of myself. What am I chasing after? How am I handling prosperity? Am I living as a foreigner (a Kingdom mentality)? Am I resisting living in the moment? Remembering that God usually, works in steps, not leaps, I need to celebrate the small victories.
Paul reminds us Romans 12:1-2 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
July 2022 Prayer Requests and Projects
Continue plans for Church plant and outreach in Queretaro, Mexico. See graphic below.
Start of new IBAC pastoral training in Irapuato Mexico 25 through 30 of July. (More information on IBAC here.)
Kevin’s traveling to Mexico to teach and minister in those two ministry efforts. Please pray for safety and effectiveness.
In late August, Kevin and Tia will travel to Costa Rica with Bart and Sandy Sheridan, friends and elder from our sending church. For this trip we pray for wisdom, effectiveness, and safety. We need to request both PRAYER and FUNDING for the pastors’ and wives’ retreat that we will be working in. The need for rental and materials and food is $3000. If you can help with that need, please visit our website at ReillysbyGrace.com.
With faith in Him,