Service and Obedience
Posted on February 26, 2014
Thank all of you who have responded with encouragement on our new blog series! I am especially grateful to this lady who shared her feedback and her faith story with us:
Hi. My name is Sterling Greene. I accepted Christ 7 years ago after finally understanding what all of this Jesus talk was all about. I never experienced such an amazing feeling like I did the first time I believed... just like it says in the song "Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)" "How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed." After I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior it took me some time to figure out what to do with this new found love. I began to search and seek Him after my diagnosis of skin cancer. Never before had I ever felt more taken care of, provided for, and loved on then the perfect love of my Father. My life was His forever after that.
The Lord began to kindle a fire inside of me while on a trip to Israel to learn more about Him and to truly learn more about His Word. I came home not knowing what to do with all I was given. A few months later He was sending me on a mission trip to India and WOW how he opened my eyes to the nations. I fell in love with a culture I despised before and I couldn't wait to return! I came home to a new adventure and a continuation to love and serve the nations here in my own home city. I found out about the Bhutanese Refugees, who were sent here to start a "new" life. I began to serve in this ministry, learn about different religions, and learned to love these people who were so different but so similar to me all at the same time. I served with Loaves & Fishes ministry for two years and the Lord sent me on two international mission trips in that time frame, Bangladesh and he returned my heart to India.
Since returning home from India in January 2014 He has rocked my world. He has asked me to step back from Loaves & Fishes, which serves the Bhutanese, and telling me to start a Bible study out of my home for my neighbors and community. My heart was broken from His request... these people (the Bhutanese) I considered family and I love them. It made no sense to me why He would take me away from something I loved so dearly and take me away from where He was moving. But, I have stepped back in obedience to His sovereignty. This life I live is not about me, but about Him, praising Him, and living for Him even when it makes absolutely no sense to me. So, that is what I have done... obeyed.
What an inspiring testimony of faith and obedience in action! Follow her and read more about Sterling’s faith journey.