Hello from Grand Forks, North Dakota! We are officially three stops into Fall Tour and so far, we’ve been given several opportunities to share the gospel at a detention center, a school, and a church (but also a coffee shop)! Needless to say, it’s been a blessing to return to our stateside ministry after three weeks in Hong Kong.
Something I love about stateside ministry in contrast to Hong Kong has been being able to communicate with people in English (and not with the 10-15 Cantonese words I know with lots of smiling and nodding) because, well, I love to talk to people. If you know me, you know I’m pretty chatty. I’m an external processor, an extrovert, and usually have something to say. It’s just a part of who I am.
In light of this, though, I’ve been challenged a lot by this verse:
The good man brings good things out of the good treasure of his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil treasure of his heart. For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. – Luke 6:45
While in Hong Kong, I found that it’s easy to talk about the things you don’t have. For me, that’s where things get kind of dark and entitlement creeps in, and I’ve seen and experienced how this is rooted in the mindset that Christ is not enough.
The person who is satisfied in Christ does not talk about what they do not have, but what God has given them through the atoning sacrifice of His son.
When we fill our hearts with entitlement and frustration, entitlement and frustration will come out. But when we choose to live in light of Christ’s incredible sufficiency–when we let this change us–God fills our hearts with love that is of His spirit, and His truth, and if you’re chatty like me, it’ll show a lot in your speech, too.
I say this not because I don’t struggle with choosing this every day, because I really do, but because I deserve wrath, and that has been withheld from me and replaced with love and sacrifice of the one true God.
Christ is enough, and even still God has just kept giving. That’s worth living for. That’s worth leaving things I thought were comfortable and satisfying behind. Christ is worth everything.