This morning I spent some time looking at the verse on my Christmas stationery:
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. (Isaiah 60:1, NIV84)
As is my habit, I looked at the paragraphs before and after the verse to get a bigger picture of what’s being said in the passage. In chapter 59, God promises that He Himself will come down to redeem His people and establish an eternal covenant with them. If that’s not a description of what Jesus did for us, I don’t know what is! Chapter 60 tells the result: the light of God’s glory will shine so brightly on us that people in darkness will be drawn to that light and will come to Him through us.
One “takeaway” for me is this: Jesus made it possible for me to have a permanent relationship with God. As I walk closely with Him, He will display Himself in my life in many ways—through my character, my actions, my interactions with others, and in (or in spite of) my circumstances. Others will see Him in me and be drawn to Him.
One BIG way I have seen God’s glory in my life is through His provision of financial support for my ministry. Over the last couple of years He has provided roughly $1900 in new monthly commitments—and that’s in the midst of a bad economy! As I write this now, I need just $700 per month more to be fully funded! I’m so grateful for what the Lord has done and I’m confident that He will provide that within the next month or two.
Now that my monthly needs are close to being met, I’m also trusting God for another need. The 1998 Dodge Stratus I inherited from my dad 12 years ago has almost 120,000 miles on it. It’s still running fairly well, but I know it won’t be long until I need to replace it with something newer. As a staff member of Cru, I am allowed to raise additional salary to help cover the cost of a vehicle. My desire is to raise at least $5000 for a down payment so my monthly payment will fall within my budget.
Would you please pray regularly for these financial needs? “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (James 5: 16, NLT) Thank you for reflecting the Lord’s glory to me through your prayers! Without you and others by praying for me, I would not be able to continue in this vital ministry of reaching those in the darkness with the light of the gospel.
Join me in celebrating His light this Christmas!