These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. Acts 17:6 (NKJV)
…And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. Acts 11:26 (NKJV)
The accusers were complaining about Paul and Silas turning the world upside down for Jesus, not realizing what a compliment that was. It was also enemies of the King of kings who first coined the term “Christians,” meant to be a criticism upon those who followed Christ. Yet today we proudly bear the name Christian and seek to turn the world upside down for Jesus.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:16 (NKJV)
Our son Jacob leaves this week for a one-year mission to Europe with Campus Crusade for Christ. Jacob and his team will be starting CRU fellowships at college campuses which have no Christian groups. Imagine the miracles and impact this will have on our European brothers and sisters. Because of the generous support of friends and family and the people of Sweet Grass County, Montana, Jacob is able to embark on this mission. Jacob and his team are turning the world upside down for Jesus.
Our son Kevin went to Kenya this summer with our church mission team. They spent a year raising money and they gave their time to serve these African neighbors. Kevin’s team installed a water pipeline to bring clean water to a rural school. They also played games with the children and taught them about Jesus through a skit on the Good Samaritan. Kevin and his team turned the world upside down for Jesus.
Our son Joel is about to begin homeschool kindergarten. He knows his ABCs and numbers and several Bible stories. Because of his brothers, he’s learning about countries in other parts of the world where there are children, too. And someday, because of their example, Joel will go and turn the world upside down for Jesus, too.
And me, I’m the mom who sits down with Jesus each morning for TEA, praying for so many including our children. Jacob was less than a year old when God called me to read my Bible and pray every day. It is with tears of gratitude, a thankful heart and a trunk full of prayer journals, that I see the fruits of my labor in our children. Even our daughter Kallie is teaching our granddaughter Kennedy, reading her Bible stories and singing Jesus Loves Me. Together we are turning the world upside down for Jesus.
Today’s TEA CUPP: My friend, never stop praying, never give up. Always pray and persevere. You are turning the word upside down for Jesus with every CUPP of TEA.
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV)
Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15 (NKJV)
Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.