So what lessons have I learned from two weeks out of the country?

“The gospel is free but not cheap.”

The call to follow Christ can demand a cost which may include one’s life.

“Kevin Kleinhenz son of Leonard Kleinhenz lovest thou me?” How much do I love Christ? Do I love Him more than mother? Wife? Children? Do I love Him as long as I have all the other?  Do I love Him more than life? Do I accept His deep love for me? After all He has already demonstrated His love for me but what have I done? Do I show Him daily my love for Him?  Do I love others the way He loves me?  How do I show my devotion to Him? Do I love this world? Am I afraid of death? Of leaving my loved ones? What sense can be made of this world apart from Christ? What possible meaning can there be to life apart from Him?

How privileged I am to have heard the Good News, how thankful I am that my heart was opened to Him and His love. The Gospel is free but not cheap.  Oh the cost Christians around the world have paid for the testimony of Christ!  Oh the reward that awaits them all!  Though I have not always done “well” may His mercy allow me to hear “Well Done”!  May I remain faithful even when I struggle to be fruitful.

God’s people are beautiful!  No matter what country or nationality they are souls that Christ paid for with His sufferings and death.  Sin has marred so many on this planet.  The suffering of humanity can always be traced to sin. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people!” Oh the reproach that sin brings and oh the blessings that righteousness brings!

“God whether I live another day, week, month or year it only matters that I please you, it only matters that I scatter the seeds. Help me Jesus to have a better relationship with you. Help me Jesus to love you more.”

After my first house church service I see that God is using young people.  I see passion in their worship and sincerity in their service.  They are thankful for so much and passionate for God’s presence.  The Spirit moves in their worship and His Presence is manifest.

Where is my worship?  Where is my passion? Where is my devotion? Why are we weighted down with so much? Why do we complicate the gospel? Why do we complicate the purpose of life?  “Fear God and keep His commandments for this is the whole duty of man”.

Why are we blessed if not to be a blessing to others?  Both as a nation and as individuals are we not to be givers?  Are we not to put others before ourselves?  Have we lost track of what is important in life?  Why do we fill our days with complaints instead of praises? Truly we cannot be this callous to the circumstances and hardships the rest of the world faces almost each and every day can we?

My outlook has changed on this trip.  I see the lives of men and women who give all for Christ and His cause.  I seem to give what is comfortable.  Am I inconvenienced by people? By hardships? By pain? By finances? How will I spend the remainder of my days?  I want to be a servant to God and a servant to others.  I want our church to be a serving,reaching church.  I want heavenly perspective, I want to be able to sacrifice for God as great men have.

Our doctrines in the U.S. are such that we commemorate and celebrate those who have sacrificed and those who are sacrificing but we dare not emulate them or imitate them for that would indeed cause discomfort or inconvenience and we dare not do that!  We are similar to the Pharisees who decorate the tombs of the prophets, yet by our very lives we destroy what they stood for.

“Have you eaten today?” (The greeting among the Vietnamese that is basically “How are you doing today?”)

These are the words that haunt my soul both physically and spiritually.  For in the physical realm if I have eaten (Like most) then it is a good day!  Perhaps most would at least say “I have the means to eat today” then it is a good day.  We complain about so much but if we have daily bread then it is a good day.

  • Have you eaten today? 
  • Have you spent time with the Father and have you meditated on His Word? 

If so you have partaken in the Bread of Life, you have eaten and it is a good day!

“God give me daily bread today, give me direction for today.  Help me live by faith, help thou my unbelief.

Love always your son, Kevin

4 thoughts on “The Gospel: Free But Not Cheap

  1. Extremely insightful. Now I am asking some of these questions to myself and daring an honest response. Yes, I have eaten today. Now it is time that I ensure that others I come into contact with have eaten as well.

  2. Though we go on foreign missions, we can never repay what HE did for us. It is enough to walk in the Spirit and obey the Father. If we try to repay, we will surely wind up in condemnation because we can never repay all that He has done for us. Spread the Word of God wherever you are and relax in Him. He loves you more than you can ever know.

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