Returning from Ghana

img_6061“…Behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice staying, ‘Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.'”  -Revelation 7:9-10

I always love our mission trips to various places around the world. Our most recent journey to Ghana gave us the opportunity to share the gospel with some wonderful people there, to baptize 21 new believers, and to help distribute helpful gifts and support to children and teachers at a local school.

Each of these journeys helps me to understand what God is doing globally more and more. One day, followers of Christ will see the great multitude of those from all around the world that He has drawn together. When we make such journeys as what my family and I took last week, we get a little taste of that great future God has ahead of us. In the mean time, we look ahead to our promised future.

Today at church, we examined the story of Jesus’ resurrection, and we also took a look at what the Apostle Paul had to say about both Jesus’ resurrection and our own future resurrection. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul said,

“…in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ ‘O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”

I really take courage with that wonderful promise. Our toil is not in vain. What we do in service to the Lord has value. One day, we will be with Him, and until then, we should be bold and strong in service, knowing that He is using our efforts to accomplish His purposes among those He is drawing to Himself.

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