I have been ministering in Scandinavia for over 14 years now… What has kept me going all this time?
Revelations 2:2–5 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars, and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works,
In Revelation 2:5, the word first means “foremost (in time, place, order or importance),” and the word works is defined as “toil (as an effort or occupation).” In other words, if you find that you have left your first love for the Lord, get your priorities back in order and do the most important things.
What do you live for? For your friends, your family, your future? What about living for the love of Jesus who first loved us! Do you love Jesus? Do the works He has for you
We are not just saved but called
2 Timothy 1:9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life-not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
1 Corinthians 15:9–10 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them — yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
I have finished the work…
John 17:4 I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.
‘I have finished the work.’ Not, ‘I started it’; not, ‘I thought about it’; not ‘I was going to get to it.’ I’m sure glad that after Noah finished the frame on the ark, he didn’t say, ‘Close enough. We don’t need a roof.’ No, he finished the work. He completed the task. If he hadn’t, we would all be sunk.
What about you? If you knew you only had a few hours to live, could you say, ‘Father, I finished the work You gave me to do’? Or would you say, ‘I know You put this on my heart last year, and I meant to get to it, but…’?
What has God called you to do? What has He spoken to your heart about? Maybe it’s some sin or something that’s got to go, and you think, ‘Well, I’ve got it pretty much-taken care of. I know the Lord’s told me not to do this, but I’ve cut way back.’
Have you finished it? “No, but I’ve got it under control.” – Watch out for settling for unfinished!
‘IT IS FINISHED,’ cried Jesus from the Cross. I’m so glad He didn’t say, ‘I almost did it, but I’m going to come down now’ — because if He had come down from the Cross, we would go down too, deep down into our sinful life that leads to eternal separation from our Creator. He paid the price. He finished the work.
Wherever Heavenly Father sends me and my family, I want to be able to say to Him, it is finished! The only way to do this is to remember my first love, Jesus Christ.
I love Him because He first loved me.