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Being Loved, Equipped, and Called

Now may the God of peace— who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood— may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.  Hebrews 13:20-21  NLT










    
     I am currently working on a BS in Christian Leadership and Management from Liberty University.  My blog this week comes from a paper I wrote for a Theology class a year ago. Reading it has reminded me again of the reason God has led me to this position, and why I feel it is an honor and privilege to be a part of God’s plan for New Life.  I hope you enjoy it.
 
     As the executive director of a Christian pregnancy resource center I’m able to use the fact that we are all created in the image of God while working with clients.  There are two main circumstances where I share this fact.  One is with a client who is abortion vulnerable, and the other is with a client who has no relationship with the Lord.  I will share in detail about how I utilize scripture in both these circumstances.  I believe God placed me in this position for a purpose.  I look to Him to lead me and guide while dealing with every client who walks in the door.
 
     One of the toughest situations to deal with at the pregnancy center is the abortion vulnerable client.  Our society tells them it isn't a child and they should not carry an unwanted pregnancy to term.  The Bible tells us differently.  In Psalm 139:13 it says “For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”  The “you” in this is God.  God is the one who orchestrated our being at the moment of conception.  There was no mistake happening just because the child was conceived out of wedlock or just not wanted.  The situation is not how God would choose it to be, but the child is planned.  Psalm 139:16 says, “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”  What an awesome knowledge to have!  Before we were conceived, God knew us and had a plan for us.   Psalm 139:15 says “My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place.” The secret place is a place of protection.  The womb is supposed to be a safe place for this creation of God to grow.  Our society has decided to go against God’s plan.  At New Life we interject the truth into these mother’s lives.  First, a woman becomes a mom the moment she conceives.  Next, this child is planned by God and He has a plan for their lives.  Last, we are here for them.  God has given each of us at the center the ability and desire to love these moms and to offer them hope and help that they need.  We always seek the Holy Spirit to guide our words and actions in these situations.  We know that only God can change her heart.
 
     Every time a client comes in for services we ask about their church background.  This gives us the opportunity to share the plan of salvation with those who do not profess to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  When explaining why Jesus would die on the cross for our sins, I think it’s important for the client to understand our worth to God.  Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”  What more proof do we need of God’s love for us?  He made us in His very image.  How could we not feel a desire to be in a relationship with Him?  In the book of Luke, the Bible gives us "The Parable of the Lost Sheep".  We can find it in Luke 15:4-7.  Here we are told of the shepherd who would leave his flock of 99 to find one lost sheep.  When that sheep is found the shepherd tells his friends and says “Rejoice with me, I have found my sheep.”  Verse 7 says, “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety nine righteous people who do not need to repent.”  We can cause rejoicing in Heaven when we repent and ask, in the name of Jesus, to be saved.
 
     I’m blessed to have been chosen to work at the pregnancy center.  God gives me a unique inlet into people’s lives.  I never take this lightly.  He put me here to share His love with our clients.  I know that I have worth and a future because of my being made in God’s image, and being saved by the power of forgiveness through Jesus’ death on the cross.  I need to share that with all who walk through our doors.  I’m humbled that he would use me to pour into an abortion-vulnerable client’s life.  I’m challenged to help open the eyes of all our clients who are without salvation, and see the beauty of the sacrifice of God’s only son for us on a cross.  

     I thank God for loving and calling me to participate in His reaching out to the lost and the hurting.
Julie


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