Sitting on a wood plank with my feet in the dirt and a small Menya child sound asleep on my lap. The drool from sleep flowing freely…
This may be my favorite memory for months, possibly years to come. I was sitting with my brothers and sisters. People that God has redeemed. People from a “remote, middle of nowhere” people group in Papua New Guinea. A people overlooked by mankind, but not by their Creator. A people who now are a part of a new family that God is creating in Christ Jesus.
The sweet life I held in my lap is among the first generation that will grow up in homes with parents that know and follow Jesus. Parents who have been redeemed and made new and now have truth to offer their children.
The small group of ladies I gathered with to pray and fellowship with after the teaching are sisters who spoke truth that challenged and encouraged my heart. They spoke with confidence of the work of Christ on their behalf. One of the ladies, Gabi, told me how angry she was when she first heard the teaching. She was angry at the audacity of the missionary to say that her good works wouldn’t fix her separation from God. She felt that she was a good person – how could she not be accepted? She was angry, but kept going and her eyes were eventually opened to her separation from her Creator and how she needed new life. How just an outward reformation was not enough to redeem her from the death she was bound to. Joy radiated from her face as she described the salvation of Jesus and becoming God’s child.
The ladies spoke of what it is to follow Jesus and the practical applications to their daily lives. They spoke with confidence and thanksgiving of the fact that they have the Holy Spirit to guide them and grow them. It was so familiar and something you might experience it in your own church and yet the context made it so much more poignant. To see the salvation of the Lord reach the ends of the earth. To see Him redeeming a people from every tribe tongue and nation. The Gospel isn’t specific to a culture or language. It is God’s redemption of mankind and it knows no bounds.
As you go through your week would you pray for these new believers? They are first generation believers with a long journey ahead of them. Pray that they may grow in their knowledge of Christ and His incredible love. Pray that they would grow in unity into Christ who is the head. Pray that they may be a light to those who still live in darkness.
Paul explaining God’s plan to include Gentiles into the new family that He is creating:
“Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of His death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death. He brought this Good news of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from Him, and peace to the Jews who were near. So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are His house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by His Spirit”. Ephesians 2:16-22