I just returned from my best trip to Japan where I had fellowship with Pastor Joseph, missionaries and other members of the church. We had a wonderful time of preaching, teaching and one-on-one fellowship and ministry.
Every time I come to Japan my eyes are opened more and more to the needs of my brothers and sisters in Christ and to the multitudes that are yet lost. It makes me pray even more with my mouth as well as with my heart to cry out to God, have mercy. I ask Him what can I do to overturn spiritual blindness? The scripture says, "The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and to destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life." My heart's cry is to prepare the way of the Lord....I want this so much for Japan, that I realize that the Lord needs to do a deeper work within me so that the fruit will remain in His people. I've seen how the pastors in Japan pour into the lives of the people, planting seeds and planting seeds and planting seeds for years and years, just waiting for the fruit to manifest. This is the true definition of patience. And this is the true definition of a real pastor and missionary.
I have learned so much about Christ working with Pastor Joseph (missionary) that it makes me question many things back at home. So much has happened during my short time in Japan and it makes me think so much about God's timing pertaining to reaping and sowing, planting seeds and watering the seed. It has me thinking myself, am I a sower? Do I plant seeds? Or am I a waterer, do I water the seed? This is what's lodged in my spirit since I've been back. I must do one or the other...no man or woman can do both. We must hear what the spirit of the Lord is saying pertaining to our calling and DO IT! And keep doing it until......
I love the Lord or I am learning to love Him even more, to give my life for His purpose. The scripture says, "Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, a champion who initiates and perfects our faith because of the joy awaiting Him. He endured the cross, disregarding it's shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God's throne."
There has been so much to say, but saying so much is really saying nothing, so with this I close this line with the Maravian mission statement I learned last year. It scares me, but it also challenges me, "MAY THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN RECEIVE THE REWARD OF HIS SUFFERING."