Risen from the grave, Jesus Christ appeared on numerous occasions to his disciples, before he ascended into heaven. In the bible, we read:
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20)
It is truly wonderful that Shane, Naomi, Thomas, Oliver, Lucy, and Max can go to Ethiopia to share their lives with others there. May it be a mutual blessing and may the years be filled with great joy and many blessings, amidst the battles of faith, and frequent thoughts of loved ones in Australia.
Jesus is Lord of life and purpose, and we all have been called to purpose.
Psalm 138:8 says: The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.
A psychologist once said that the journey to good mental health is a journey out of ego-centricity. We are healthier as people when we are not focussed in upon ourselves and our own agenda, plan, sins or needs, but out upon the life and wellbeing of others, flowing outward in service. This is part of the reason why praying for others, is good and humanising.
This principle applies to our church community, and to the community generally. We are healthier when we are serving others, serving beyond our “borders” and “tunnel vision”, serving other nations, even. This joint focus together with the Rubies, upon the people of Ethiopia, will undoubtedly be an enriching, humanising matter, for the times ahead. Jesus said of the outworking and purpose of his own life: “For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45). His resurrection life comes now to people by the Holy Spirit. He sends us, in him, baptising and teaching the nations, in the truth!
Gracious Lord Jesus, thank you that there are so many people from other nations here in Australia, There are also many Aboriginal tribes and nations within Australia. There are also numerous European peoples settled in Australia. May we continue to share the knowledge of God’s grace in Jesus Christ with peoples and nations far and wide, considering others better than ourselves, for the sake of the gospel truth.