On May 26, 2013, we held our annual Celebration and Volunteer Appreciation Event for Connecting Streams.
Lowell, a Salvation Army addictions residence volunteer, spoke about his inner emptiness and his deep yearning for something beyond the comfort of his own life. He declared, “Serving others and giving your life over, actually brings true satisfaction. Yes, there’s sacrifice but it really becomes a sweet sacrifice.”
Jane, the widow’s outreach leader, spoke about overcoming her initial reluctance to commit: “What if I never bothered?” She reiterated, “Watch what God can do with our willingness…There is a cost, but it is worth it. Three years later, the group has grown to over seventy! Several ladies have come into a personal relationship with Jesus. YES, it was worth the ‘bother’!”
Listen to Lowell’s, Jane’s and other’s full testimonies at www.youtube.com/user/connectingstreams
Once again, the testimonies reminded me of Jesus words as recorded in Matthew 16:24,25:
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow Me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.”
In this verse, Jesus promises life to us if we are willing to give up our life for His sake. When Lowell and Jane stepped out intentionally, and willingly engaged in reaching out to others – they began to discover, through practice and experience, the true purpose and significance of life.
To give up our life – what does that mean? If you willingly follow Jesus, do what He asks, be about His business, put your own needs aside, and use your energy to accomplish His agenda…then you will save your life – you will discover the true purpose and significance of life!
Remember Jesus promise in Matthew 19:29 – He emphatically promises:
“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.”