For greater things have yet to come And greater things are still to be done in this City
The words stuck in my throat as we belted out the song. The others in the car didn’t hear me trying to choke out those lyrics. At least, they didn’t seem to give any sign that they heard. This song holds a special place in my heart - and has become my song for Europe.
The past few days in Romania have been pretty powerful.
God has shown up in some powerful ways, opening doors of ministry and opportunity that only He could open. During our small group party Saturday night, while one of our team members shared his story of coming to Christ, an opportunity arose for the Agapia church members to really explain the importance of salvation and baptism to some Orthodox members of the group. We’ve had a few conversations with people in the streets as we’ve handed out fliers to our Practice Your English workshops. God has used those fliers, which can be very ineffective, to bring individuals to our workshops who never heard about the church and who aren’t believing Christians. We’ve spoken into people’s lives, are building relationships with people each night, and saw an open door tonight for the pastor of the church to share about Christ with one of the attendees of our workshop.
We even had an open door with the community center where the church meets to have the name of Ignite, the name of Agapia church, and our personal names typed up and presented before the mayor of Bucharest. The President of the community center was so moved that we came from America and were willing to paint doors in the community center, that she asked for us to type up a paragraph in both English and Romanian explaining who we are, what we did for them, and why we did it so she could take it before the mayor of Bucharest.
God rewards the faithful. You don’t have to look far in scripture to discover that truth.
Abraham believed God’s promise and was labeled righteous. Moses went back to Egypt and defeated the most powerful ruler of the day. David sought God’s heart, and experienced victory over his enemies. Esther trusted God at the risk of death, and saved the Jewish race from extermination. Mary said yes to God, and birthed the Savior of mankind. Paul faced persecution, imprisonment, and shipwreck, and spread the gospel around the known world.
When we are faithful to God and his commands, we are given more.