When we first heard about the opportunity to go to Korea, all I could think about was how God could use us to tell the peoples of Korea about Jesus. I came with an attitude of here I am Lord, use me to change Korea for your glory. Now, I don’t think this was poor thinking or that the Lord was not pleased with my desire for Him to use our family to serve Him in Korea. Yet, what I have learned is that though I once believed God would use us to change Korea, now I am realizing that He will also use Korea to change us. Do I think the Lord can and will use us here to lead peoples to know Him and to disciple others? Yes, of course I do. However, I also know the Lord is going to use Korea to mold us to be more like Christ. Isn’t this the purpose in all that He allows and brings about in our lives? I am sure it is, whether it is good things, trials, or life on the mission field, He will use each to shape us into the image of His Son. So, though life here in Korea is nothing like life back home, and though things take longer to do and many of the things I am use to are gone. I can rejoice in the fact that when our time here is through, I will have grown closer to Him and will have become a little more sanctified. Praise the Lord!
“Blessed are your eyes for they see and your ears for they hear.” Mathew 13:16
How very blessed indeed I am. As I read this verse today after a morning of frustration, grumbling and complaining, I was hit with the reality of the truth found in these words. I am so blessed for the Lord has opened my eyes unto Him. He allowed me to see my sin and my need of a Savior. He revealed Himself unto me through the Holy Spirit, He drew me, He called me and He saved me. I am blessed for the Lord opened my ears that I might hear. How awesome He is to speak to my heart through His Word. I can remember years and years ago before I got saved, trying to read the Scriptures, being frustrated because so much did not make sense. Then the Lord saved me and He opened my ears that I might hear. Now as I open His precious Word, He speaks and I seek to listen.
As I pondered this awesome truth, I was hit with the reality of why we came here. See, it is easy for me to lose sight of this and to grumble about how hard it is, to complain because of things I miss that are back home. Yet, the truth is, the Lord has sent us here that He might use us as His instruments to open the eyes of others who are still in the darkness, to open the ears of some who cannot hear.
There are peoples all over the world who have not seen nor heard the Lord. How blessed indeed I am to be born in America to a Christian family, to grow up in church, for the Lord to open my eyes and ears, for Him to save my wretched soul, to call me, to use me, to send me out for His service. The best word to describe this is GRACE!
Use us O Lord to lead people to You. May we be your hands and feet that you can use to open the eyes and ears of these precious people who you love so much?