Last time we looked at how God has chosen us, making us into a people when we were orphans and lost. Yet with the overwhelming project before us it is critical that we find the means to complete the mission. Thankfully, When God Calls, He Also Equips by
Gifting us for ministry- (Exodus 31:3) 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—
Listen to God speak about the people he brought together—giving them wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and skills that were specific for the project before them! Our God is not distant, far-removed, or uninterested in his people, in fact, he is like a faithful parent—like the mother who follows the school bus in her van to make sure everything goes fine on the first day. It is because God is active in our lives, that our lives can actively be changed! James 1:17-18a-17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth…that through Jesus Christ we could be made clean and then be restored into His likeness.
Yet the choice to give birth is not always an easy one. For a New York mother, Elizabeth Joice it was the ultimate gift of all. In 2010, Elizabeth was diagnosed with cancer after surgery and four intense round of chemotherapy. In fact, they were so intense that the doctors told Elizabeth and her husband Max that having children would be impossible and yet in spite of their predictions in the summer of 2013 she became pregnant. One month later she got news that the cancer returned. She had 3 options: abort the baby, continue with the pregnancy and do chemo putting the baby at risk, or forego treatment and put herself at risk. Joice chose the latter. “Joice was due in March, but doctors delivered baby Lily by Caesarian section in January to begin treatment as soon as possible. But it was too late. The cancer had taken its toll, but not before she had the opportunity to bond with the baby girl she fought so hard to save. Joice died on March 9th, with her husband by her side. (New York Post)
Just as Elizabeth gave Lily the ultimate gift of life through even if it meant her death, that in the face of what appears to be the Worst News imaginable we find the Good News. That God’s concern for his creation went so deep, like a mother’s for her child, that he sent his own Son to give up his life in order that we could have new life. Rejecting the idea of aborting us, or putting us at even greater risk, but instead offering us salvation through His sacrifice. Meaning like any gift–the price has already been paid. That you can’t earn the glories of heaven, they are free, but far from cheap. It is in response to such a gift that we are made ambassadors to begin to restore the beauty of creation marred by the sin of the serpent.