Lew Richey
Lew Richey

Who of us wouldn’t desire for our testimony to be more impactful? I know that I would.

In Hebrews 13:7, the verse preceding Foursquare’s motto, we are invited to “remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their way of life, imitate their faith” (NASB).

As I reflect on those teachers and leaders whose faith I aspire to imitate, I have realized that the most formative discipleship moments of my life have been delivered in the form of situational lessons that were overlaid by a moment of sacrifice in the life of the leader.

From Paul and Silas singing praises in prison (Acts 16:22-30) to Jesus petitioning the Father to forgive His crucifiers (Luke 23:34), these moments of great compassion and love in the midst of unimaginable self-sacrifice carry a weight and consequence that is uncommon.

It is easy in times of trial to go inward and focus only on our personal challenges, missing the bigger picture. However, we serve a God who faithfully uses the difficult moments of our lives to bring His redemptive light to others.

May the Lord empower us to share more effectively His love in these challenging times!

Prayer + Reflection

  1. Ask the Lord to identify a challenge you are facing today where you are struggling to trust in Him. (This could be a health, relational, financial or career-related challenge.)
  2. If needed, repent for any lack of trust in the Lord, and invite Him in to reframe the situation through the lenses of His will and purpose.
  3. Seek the Lord on how He would like to use this particular challenge to minister life and love to others, and take immediate action to implement what He says.

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, a third-generation Foursquare minister, is senior pastor of The Gathering (Santa Clarita South Foursquare Simple Church Network), based in Santa Clarita, Calif.

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