The Church is flourishing in the uttermost parts of the earth where sharing the Gospel of Christ has been illegal for a thousand years. Yet, they are praying for us.
Stories from the other side of the world include believers imprisoned for starting a church in their community…then a church started in their prison!
Yet they are praying for us. What are they praying? They have told us, “It must be so difficult to live for Christ in North America. There are so many distractions and temptations. We pray that you will set your mind and affections on things above (Colossians 3); be transformed and not conformed to this world (Romans 12), not be weary in well doing, etc.”
They pray for each of us to live as a global disciple: love God, love others, pray diligently, live generously, and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. And in all we do, to make disciples.
So, while we pray for them and they pray for us, Christ sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for all of us. What is He praying? That’s recorded in His own prayer and in His disciples’ writings: That His disciples would be one so the world will know Him (John 17); that we would know the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering (Philippians 4); that we would rejoice with those that rejoice and weep with those that weep (1 Corinthians 12); that we would…
Be diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you are called in one hope…
one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all
who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4)
As we think about “missions” in the coming year, let’s commit to drop the “us and them” mentality. They are we. This is us. We are one and we are His. There is not a persecuted Church and a free Church. There is simply His Church.
We stand together in Christ, His followers in unity around the world, making disciples wherever we go.
-Written by Jerry Meadows, Church Relations