Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Occasionally I have introduced myself to strangers as “the greatest untapped source of natural gas in West Central Indiana.” It’s a joke so old I can’t even remember whom I stole it from. But lately, after beginning some posts about my calling to be a “foreign missionary” in my own hometown, I’ve been feeling like a pompous gas bag; and that feeling has stopped me from writing and posting. And the deeper reason for that, I realize, is that for awhile now I haven’t been much of a missionary at all, much less a “foreign” one.
Near the end of Mark’s gospel, Chapter 16, and beginning in verse 17 we read that Jesus said: “And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; they will pick up serpents; and even if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well.” The words which Jesus used here, translated “those who believe,” more literally mean “those who follow Me closely, even walking side-by-side with Me.” Sometimes I am that kind of believer, and when I am the “attesting signs” do accompany me. But lately not so much.
I am being refreshed though. Faith comes and is built up hearing the Word of God speak. And lately He is speaking to me through my old teachers and some who are new to me. My Kindle Fire is getting loaded with old books by my teachers which I had lost, and only costing me 99 cents apiece. And I am reading them, soaking in their content like a dry towel thrown into water. By God’s grace I am driving out demons who’ve attached themselves to me. By His grace I’m speaking new languages in the spirit again and interpreting His words into English my own mind can understand. I am picking up serpents, the hissing causes of my diabetes, and beheading them. Right now this is just personal stuff and only affects the loved ones who are closest to me. But the “foreign missionary” is beginning to feel himself coming back to life.
Thank you, those of you who have asked and encouraged. And all glory be to Our King of kings and Lord of lords!