Isn’t the Family of God an amazing thing? I find believers all around the world that have that same “click” in our hearts when we meet. It’s the Spirit of God in me that recognizes the Spirit of God in you and there’s a “testifying” that we are from the same family. Romans 8 talks about that special connection we have as members of the family of God. (Read the whole chapter- the whole thing is amazing, but this is the part I’m talking about.)
Romans 8:14-17 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[f] And by him we cry, “Abba,[g]Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
When I first met my friend Courtenay at our school here in Costa Rica, my spirit testified that she was also a member of the family of God. Others call that being “a kindred spirit”. Yeah I do like her a lot as a friend, but more importantly, my heart is connected to her because we share the same Father. She is the missionary that I wrote about yesterday who is just hoping to survive until December. Do me a favor and click here to read her blog from last week where she talks about the realities of needing money while living on the mission field. I think her honest description of how things look from our perspective is important.
Later on in the week I’m going to highlight some other missionaries so you can see just how far your missions dollars go. Missionaries buy antibiotics for sick kids. Missionaries buy cement blocks and toilets for poor families. Missionaries buy tin roofs and build schools and plant gardens in poor communities. These are the realities of where your monthly pledge is making a difference in people’s lives. To you, it’s a small sacrifice. To others it’s the difference between live and death for today. Life is precarious and precious and something miraculous happened when we prayed for Courtenay. You’ll just have to go to her blog to find out what it was.