Thoughts on Jaco
2 Corinthians 2:15-17 “For we are the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?”
Coming into this season of my life where I knew I would be leading people both spiritually and musically was tough for a lot of reasons. For starters, I really didn't consider myself a musician and I still have trouble with embracing that title. I wasn't really sure if I had enough passion for the music part of this ministry. But God (Emphasis), saw through my frailty/ unbelief and helped me to rediscover my love for music. The other reason why I also thought I may not be cut out for all of it was pride. In my mind I had been prepared for other things, more than just leading worship, as if leading worship was a lesser role in the church. I didn't want to be the typical worship leader (trendy, way more musical than relational,etc.) and in my mind the spiritual soldiers were the ones getting their hands dirty with people's lives. Through these months God has, needless to say, broken my presuppositions and cause me to repent. He didn't think of Himself above saving me, and I shouldn't see myself above any service to God’s people. I am not enough for even the simplest tasks that we can think of yet, my sufficiency comes from God's commissioning and equipping in every way.
Paul's thoughts are my own in regards to God's work. "Who is sufficient for these things?" In my observations of the culture and even the people within the church here in Jacó, I've realized that I'm not sufficient for the smallest task that we can think of, let alone meeting the most basic need of the people: a Savior. There are days when I think about the prostitutes, the drunk homeless men on my way home, those who have left the faith here, etc. and I wonder if my service here is when making a dent. Yet it was His grace that called me out of my darkness, and it's His grace that will empower me in my weakness. For this reason, Christ must be my central focus, as He must be for all who profess belief in Him. None of us have the where with all to address the needs within ourselves let alone the needs of a whole city. Yet He lives within our frail bodies, and we can be His extension in light of that.
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