I’m in the Mumbai domestic airport right now, waiting for the flight to take us to our first place of ministry, Love-N-Care Ministries.
We arrived in Mumbai (Bombay) last night, and got about 5 hours sleep, and are heading for Visakhaputnam today. On the flight, we sat next to Aruna, an Indian woman who has been living in Orlando for around 20 years. She was very gracious and engaging in conversation. She asked us numerous questions about what we were doing and why, and we were able to share the Gospel with her, and encourage her to consider that apart from Jesus there is no way we can ever be good enough to enter God’s presence. We’ll be sending her some books and music, and hope to contact her the next time we’re in Orlando. Please pray that God would open her eyes to the glorious Gospel of grace.
The short time we’ve been in Mumbai I’ve been considering how different and how alike people are. Externally and culturally there may be vast differences, but internally we are all rebels to God in need of a Savior. How kind of God to provide just what we need for His glory and our good!
I started a book by Isaac Watts yesterday called “A Guide to Prayer.” This were two quotes that stood out. He is explaining why he has gone ahead and published this book (written in 1715), which began as some recomendations for some young men he knew. He wanted to wait until it was more polished, but explained, “I am at last convinced that it is better for me to do something for God, though it be imperfect, than to be guilty of perpetual delays in hopes of better pleasing myself.” How often I put off what God is wanting me to do, simply because I want it be more impressive to others!
In another section, he’s talking about “pleading in prayer.” He says that the most powerful and most prevailing argument in prayer is the name and mediation of our Lord Jesus Christ. He then suggests language by which we can plead Christ’s work on our behalf in prayer:
“Lord, let my sins be forgiven…for the sake of the curse which my Savior bore and the death which he suffered, which has glorified your authority and honored your justice more than it was possible for my sins to have affronted it.” What a glorious, comforting thought! What assurance we can have as we approach the throne of our heavenly Father to ask that His will be done in us, through us, and throughout the world.
Christians are, of all people in the world, the most blessed. May that thought fill your view today and every day.
“I am at last convinced that it is better for me to do something for God, though it be imperfect, than to be guilty of perpetual delays in hopes of better pleasing myself.”
I needed that.
Is it not true that even when we believe that our plans to “do something for God” are all polished and ready to be pulled off they still remain “imperfect” as they are tainted by our deep-rooted depravity. Even our best still stinks of sin and needs to be perfected by our Great High Priest! Praise the Lord Jesus who “by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14
Everything I do for God is “imperfect” and needs to be perfected by Christ. O how I need to remember that as I attempt to do anything for God.
Thank you brother Isaac and thank you Bob for letting Isaac speak to us for Jesus sake.
I’ll be praying for you to make much of Jesus Christ in India. I just got back from the Shepherds conference in California. I got to meet C.J. and gave him a big hug and expressed thanks for His commitment to make much of Jesus. I was so blessed at the conference first to hear God clearly speak to my heart from the Holy Spirit empowered teaching of the Bible and second to be surrounded by so many vessels of mercy who long by God’s grace to shepherd God’s people.
“May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” 2 Thessalonians 3:5
Thanks so much for posting that Isaac Watts quote! It gave me great comfort: yesterday I did something kind of boneheaded with the very best of godly intentions, and I had been feeling really humiliated.
And even if it was boneheaded enough that I inadvertently sinned, Christ’s blood is much more pleasing to the Father than my sin is offensive.
God bless you in India, and thanks again!