Even though we have access to millions of books and incredible amounts of teaching, we live in a post-Christian generation. You may know lots of things in your head, and the enemy may make you believe you are spiritual, but following Christ is so much more. Really, we are called to be partakers of Christ’s nature.
We can’t change ourselves. We can change our behavior and become morally upright and all those things, but that doesn't mean we are becoming like Jesus. That literally takes the supernatural intervention of the Holy Spirit.
Also, we cannot expect to live for our Lord, much less do anything to serve Him, without difficulties and inconveniences. This is the truth of suffering that many in the Church don’t want to talk about.
In Philippians 1:12, Paul talks about his serving the Lord: “I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel.”
Then Philippians 2 is about humility and imitating Christ. Jesus died on the cross, and He became the answer to our redemption. He rose again from the dead, defeating death. But the delivery charge, the price of delivering that message, is left to us—always bearing in our body the death of Christ.
National missionaries are paying a price, risking opposition and sleepless nights and health struggles, to share Christ’s love with people like Elyse, Bodin and Kajsa. And you are paying a price, giving of your time and resources to pray for and send out these missionaries. Thank you for being part of this work of God. May God give you a revelation of the eternal significance of what you are doing.