|Posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:35 AM|
Reachout 2006 (missions conference at Katoomba) was another milestone on our journey. Reflecting back on the event, it was a milestone because it was the first time that we had made a commitment as a married couple to serve God wherever and whenever. Previous to this, we had made separate commitments. We had been married for 3.5 yrs by then and Jo was about 3mths pregnant with Teaghan!
I can't remember the specific theme of Reachout 2006 but I remember we had responded to a challenge issued by the speaker. One of the things he spoke about was giving your life to serve God whatever/wherever/whenever He calls you to do, like giving your life as a blank cheque to God for Him to do whatever He wants with your life. The speaker also spoke about how often when we consider about serving God in missions, we tend to think of the personal sacrifices we need to make. He said something that has stayed with me today and that is... it is not so much the sacrifices we make for God but rather whether Jesus was worth making the sacrifices for. Do we consider Jesus more valuable than the things we are sacrificing in order to serve Him in missions? Is He worth it?
I remember the trip home down the Mountains talking about the commitment we had made that night and pondering what that would mean for us now that we’ll be starting a family soon. We know that our decision will now directly affect another person, and not knowing what the impacts on this little life will be was hard. Teaghan is now 2.5 and three years on we are still pondering on what the impacts may be if we follow through on our commitment and this time with Lucas thrown into the equation. But I am always brought back to that question I heard at Reachout 2006, "Is Jesus worth it?"