ReDiscovering Lent-April 16

April_1616 April – Deborah Dortzbach, Global Health Director – DONE!

Revelations 21:1-6

Handed-in. Complete. Not-to-be-redone. Restored.

What words come to your mind when you think of something being “done”? How often do you feel you have actually completed something?

I often struggle with finishing things. I have great ideas and start projects but finishing them is my downfall. Worst of all, I often feel like my life is one big improvement project that’s never done.

Our ministries—in our homes, our places of work, our churches—wherever God calls us to serve Him, are arenas where we may feel the work is never finished. About the time we get through one event or discover a place of contentment where God is powerful in changing us, something else crops up. Attention may be diverted, discouragement sets in, and accomplishments are forgotten. What’s really getting done and is it getting done for good?

The answer lies in the “trustworthy and true” statement given to John as the Holy Spirit inspired him to record Revelation. The meaning of completion is embedded in the work of Christ. This passage refers to Christ, who said on the cross as He fulfilled the sacrifice for the sins of the world, “It is finished” (John 19:30).

What difference does it make in my daily life if I believe by faith that Christ made that ultimate sacrifice for me and completed the work that restored my relationship to God?

Basically, we are to keep on going. Christ already won. Nothing can stop us. The plan is big, bold, adventureous, and, yes, grueling. No doubt about that. We are called to bear a cross.

Ruth Kasuki was a Kenyan school teacher infected with the HIV virus by her husband in the 1990s. Stigmatized by family and church alike, she struggled to understand the meaning of suffering in her life. Likely, she never fully understood why she suffered so much—not only with the realities of the physical pain but the emotional rejection related to having AIDS. On her death bed she weakly but clearly declared her “trustworthy and true” statement to family and friends gathered around her. I was honored to be among them.

“I’m not afraid of death. For… for me… to live is Christ… and to die… is gain.”

Well done, Ruth. Christ’s death and resurrection has redeemed the world and will one day bring the end of human suffering!

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