This past week I attended the Arise Conference in Wellington to listen to one of my favourite preachers of our time Ps Jentezen Franklin. It was a great time for Taua and I to receive personal input and encouragement and sure enough every message I heard applied to me personally in some way. It was as if God had been reading my mail and reminding me of the amazing truths in His word.
But even though I was there to receive I found many opportunities to be an encouragement to others. Throughout the week I had spontaneous meetings with people I knew and was able to speak Hope and Life into their situation. It reminded me of this passage:
2 Timothy 4:1-5 New International Version
1In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
We are called to be ready in season and out of season. At any moment we can be used by God to be a blessing to someone. While walking down Willis Street on the way back to our apartment, Madison and I saw a young man in his late teens begging for money or food. So we stopped into a supermarket purchased a few supplies and gave it to the young man. Then a hundred and fifty meters down the road we spotted a middle aged woman begging so stopped gave her some money. I asked Madison if this was a good thing to do to which she responded with smile and a nod.
As we go about our daily routines let's not be so focused on what we are doing that we miss the opportunities. It's Jesus job to save people it's our job to love them.
I feel absolutely privileged to be the Senior Pastor of this amazing church. Thank you so much for all your prayers and support.
We are loving what we are doing, see you on Sunday.
Blessings Nu and Taua.