When God gives, it’s pours. “A life of service is a life of joy.”
God is so generous to us, and when we live in His services, we will experience countless blessings. This is what I’ve been learning through my recent experiences as a nurse missionary in the Masai Mara of Kenya.
Some people think it is hard to be a missionary: to leave your family and friends behind and go serve. To give up being paid in the United States, to sacrifice maybe cleanliness, or favorite foods, to give up luxury to live in the footsteps of other people groups and cultures.
I know there are challenges to being a missionary. I know there are sacrifices that must be paid. But I think time and time again, when you choose to follow God and serve where He wants you— the blessings far outweigh any “sacrifices” you might make. You can never out-give God. So when you start being generous with your money, your time, your relationships— the blessings just keep accumulating.
There are many ways to give and be a missionary. You don’t have to go overseas to represent Jesus and choose to live a life that witnesses about His love. Sometimes it is even harder to be a missionary in the states than it is overseas. When you are overseas, people recognize your work. People tell you “thank you for your service” or “good job”; sometimes you see the results of your labor quicker.
But when you are in America, sometimes the little things you try to do can get overlooked. It can get easy to get burnt out doing the sometimes mundane jobs of daily living. For me it is even hard to love each patient in the hospital when there are so many needs and so high expectations of nurses in the states.
No matter where you are working or living, whether God calls you to serve your neighbor or parents or a culture overseas, when we choose to love others and give to God we will experience more love and blessings ourselves. Sometimes our current work, or situations may be difficult and it may be hard to be faithful and make the right decisions. But God is watching us from above with love, and He will richly bless us for our service for Him. I just want to encourage you that no matter where you are in the world, and whatever work you are doing for God, not to give up. That God is faithful. He is stronger than anything the enemy can throw at us; and He will constantly provide for us- His children.
Colossians 1: 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.
*Written by Brooke Bernhardt. Read more about her journey in Kenya at beautiful-journey.com