Sunday, July 5, 2015

Have you gone "all in" for God?

It's been just over four weeks since Carrie and I decided that we were going "all in" for God regarding missions in Mexico.  One of the hardest decisions we had to make was for Carrie to leave her beloved special education teaching position.  She has taught children with special needs for the better part of the last eighteen years and in many ways it is part of her calling in life.

Still, we wanted to make sure that we were not sending mixed signals by continuing to have her work until we got to 100% of our financial support. I remember in one conversation we talked about the idea "isn't it evidence enough of our faith that we're going to quit our jobs and move to Mexico?" In the end we concluded that, yes this would glorify God but we weren't looking for the minimal amount of glory for God. We wanted to see God get the maximum glory possible.

24 hours after we decided to trust that God would some how provide for all our needs He opened the flood gates.  I got a call from a dear friend the next night telling us that his church would be adding us to their supported missionaries. Then one after another friends, family, and ministry partners signed up to help. In 30 days our support went from 35% of our monthly need to 80%. The message was loud and clear. Trust me! God said.

Since then Carrie and I have had some great conversations with our kids about the rich young ruler who was called to sell his possessions, give the money to the poor, and follow Christ. They weren't so sure that they could, but they have. In their own way our kids have let us know that they to are all in for Jesus Christ.

Why am I sharing all of this with you. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus called His disciples to be salt and light "before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."  We're not anything special. We've struggled to make these difficult decisions. We only hope and pray that our humble attempt to be "all in" will bring glory to God and encourage you to do the same however the Lord calls you to do so.

- Aaron

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