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Sent and Went

Yesterday a number of us had the privilege and blessing of praying with Nancy Brown and her son Ben as they leave for Russia. This is so encouraging to see how God works in the lives of His people in order that His name be known and glorified! As I watch Nancy and Ben go I am reminded of three specific illustrations starting in Acts 8, then Acts 9 and finally Acts 10.
In Acts 8 you have Philip who was a big city evangelist and then God called him to take a donkey ride in the desert. Do you suppose Philip said “hey Lord, don’t you see how many people I am preaching to and the large crowds?” No, in Acts 8:27 we read that this big city evangelist got sent and he went!

Travel over to Acts 9 and meet Ananias who the Lord sent to lay hands on the great persecutor of the church a man named Saul. But we read in Acts 9:17 that Ananias was sent and he went.

And finally check out the story of Cornelius in Acts Chapter 10. Well the Lord brought three men to the house of Peter to tell him of a mission journey. It was to the home of this man Cornelius and we read in Acts 10:23 that Peter was sent and he went.

Isn’t that a wonderful look at what it means to be a faithful follower of the Lord Jesus Christ? Whenever, whatever and to whomever He says to go, it is a story of sent and went. Therefore I am rejoicing with my sister Nancy and brother Ben as they are part of the sent and went story that is being recorded in the heavenly records. And there is a good chance that this side of heaven they will never know the seeds planted and the fruit that is borne from this trip. However they go not for themselves but out of obedience. That reminds me of a song, tell me have you heard it? Trust and Obey, for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey!

Nancy and Ben; “the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the “Lord lift up His countenance on you and give you peace.”