This past weekend we attended Laborers Conference in Lawrence, Kansas. It was just a one night trip so it wasn’t very long; however it was incredibly valuable!
Ben Nugent, the campus director at University of Florida, spoke to us about laboring in our spheres of influence and making Christ our Lord.
One of my favorite things he said was from Luke 9:23 concerning Christ being our Lord, “Then he said to them all: if anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
In this verse there is one choice and only one. We choose to follow Christ, to make him our Lord, or we don’t. If we choose that then the rest of the verse is a must and isn’t optional. We must deny ourselves. We must take up our cross.
As a proclaimed follower of Jesus, this means that I have to sacrificially love/serve others and endure pain/hardship for Him. This really challenged me and helped me to see what comes along with being a Christian. It is a package deal so to speak.
There were a lot of workshops on Saturday afternoon that people went to and learned a lot!
One of my favorite times was the car ride there and back; getting to know the students who rode with Trista and I better! Although it was kind of a long ride for a short conference, we had a lot of fun and learned a lot about God and more of each other.
Please pray with us as we labor in the harvest here at UNI that God would help us proclaim the gospel fearlessly and clearly, and also that students would be making decisions to follow Jesus for the rest of their lives!
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