In the tradition of this holiday, we take time for reflection and consider the things that we are thankful for in our lives. Angela and I have so many things in our lives that cause us to be thankful and we would like to take this time to share them with you.
We would like to thank all of you for being faithful prayer supporters. We firmly believe that ministry cannot be accomplished without being supported fully by prayer. We are thankful for the support from our family and friends while we are on this journey to Bogotá. We would also like to thank all of the churches that have allowed us the opportunity to come and share our calling and vision for Colombia.
Most importantly we are thankful for being adopted as children of and being made heirs of God. (Romans 8:15-17) For the absolute grace and mercy for satisfying the condemnation of our own sin and for setting us free from the “law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)
During this Thanksgiving week I would like to encourage us all to take time aside from being thankful from the things that God has provided in our lives. Take that time to praise Christ for the mercy, grace, and salvation that was giving to us undeservedly. When there was nothing in our lives that would satisfy the punishment that was due. Christ humbled himself to take on that punishment, to become the “propitiation” of our sins. (Hebrews 2:17) While we are praising and thanking Him for our salvation, may we pray for the strength to go out to the world and accomplish that to which he has called us, “The Great Commission.”
Let us pray for the strength to be open with our neighbors, family, friends, coworkers, etc., and share the truth of the gospel. That Christ has satisfied that condemnation our sins have put on our lives. May we be reminded that the same Holy Spirit that dwelled in the disciples. The same Holy Spirit that dwelled in Paul, and in James, in Titus, and in Apollos. The same Holy Spirit that dwells in those who have reached many for the Glory of Christ, dwells in us. May we remember that we are in Christ and are called to be His witnesses in “Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts1:8)
Ross and Angela