|Niedzice Castle - symbol of the stubborn |
thinking & fear that blocks out God's love
|"Tree of Life" - Czorstyn castle ruins in the background|
Symbolizing new life is possible amist the ruins of life
|The Hidden Fruit|
Jesus forgive me for my selfish pride & living a life of fear...forgetting that you have called me to live
a life of faith free from fear & full of your unfailing love.
"And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him." 2 Cor 5:18 (NLT)
That is all well & good but I'm still someone who is more relational & I hate "sales pitches" of any kind. How to reconcile this conflict?
A few years ago I read John 1:14 "again" in a new way & it all clicked for me. "So the Word became human & made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love & faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father's one & only Son." (NLT) It was then that I realized that Jesus (The Word of God) is now living in me ... I am the flesh he now lives in & I get to make my home among people for the purpose of revealing the Father's unfailing love & faithfulness. This type of life allows the Holy Spirit to draw people to himself...and if I am only willing those who are being drawn will ask about this life of love, faithfulness, acceptance & hope. I just need to be ready with the answer Jesus has for them. It is like scooping them up with a butterfly net if I'm faithful, open & obedient.
Yesterday, after 1 year of praying & believing Jesus that he had told me to believe for 5 people to be baptized, I had the honor & privilege to baptize 5 people (my whole church Drzewo Zycia - Tree of Life) & lead one of the guests to Jesus.
In a place where anything that doesn't follow the hard line of the Catholic Church is a sect, these brave, courageous, & obedient individuals embraced their love for Jesus above all else.
Rejoice with us & pray for the continued protection of these young believers as they swim against the tide of the society to be the individuals God has created them to be.