John Stewart served in Ohio as a missionary to Wyandotte Indians. 1815 to 1823.
John Stewart was a missionary to the Wyandotte Indians of Ohio and founder of what is often considered the first Methodist mission in America. Stewart was born in Virginia in 1786 to free Negro parents. At some point he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1815 Stewart felt that he was being called to spread the word of God among the Indians and set out on a journey to complete this calling. His first stop was in Goshen, Ohio, where he stayed for almost six months. After this he moved to Sandusky, Ohio where he worked among the Wyandotte Indians.
Stewart was able to successfully convert both chiefs and tribal members to Christianity, a feat which leaves him with the credit of starting the first highly successful Methodist mission among the Indians of the United States. On August 7, 1819, the Ohio Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church established the first official mission to the Indians based largely on the work that Stewart had completed among the Wyandotte. Stewart died on December 17, 1823 at the age of 37.
Christians have fallen prey to the world’s message that He blesses us because we deserve some blessing – just because He owes us something. But … that is not the case. In fact that is a backwards statement as it relates to the Kingdom of God. We obey him because we love Him – because it is what we are supposed to do. He blesses us because He promised to do so when we love Him.
So — what is your just due?
Walking in the righteousness, blessing and favor of God requires our belief in, and devotion to, Him. If by being righteous we hope to earn something (blessing/favor) from Him — then it is not the right motive. If we are called to a particular task in the Body of Christ, we must do it out of devotion to and love for Him in order that He might grant us favor and blessing.
If we do it for a certain blessing and then receive that thing we’ve begged for, our wages have been paid. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t want anything from Him because what I do if for the sake of His glory and because of true gratefulness for Calvary! What I do for the sake of His glory is because I know that I would not even be alive had it not been for Him! What I do for the sake of His glory is because I know that He is who meets every need in my life! So just think about it like this: How much more will we receive when we stop ‘working’ to earn His favor (adoration, affection, preference) and start ‘serving’ out of devotion to Him?
My prayer is that we will ask the Lord to correct our motives. Help our hearts to discern rightly what we are to do for God and for the Kingdom of God. Teach us to serve out of our gratitude for Calvary and out of our gratefulness that He has dressed us in His righteousness – clothing of splendor and honor that we could NEVER purchase on our own. Help us to understand that His very presence in our lives is our just due!
It’s a New Year! I want to keep running to the finish line. The only life prize that matters is the one that has been promised by God, through Jesus Christ … eternal life with him. I’m not there yet, God knows I’m not!!! But I’m committing to leaving the junk and mistakes of 2020 back there … and moving on in 2021, allowing His Spirit to guide and direct me, and doing every single thing for the sake of His glory.
No! I’m not yet all that God wants me to be … but I’m pushing hard to let Him change me, mold me AND make me all that He’s called me to be. It’s what my Savior wants from me. It is why He made me His own!!! (Philippians 3: 12 – 15) So … for 2021, I want to keep moving after some things and add new things that’ll help me be what He wants me to be.
So here’s my 21 for 2021:
Focus on the problem solver, not the problem (preach Reginald!)
Believe I can do things, because He told me to do them
Love, even when the love is not returned
Forgive, even if it happens again
Repent and repent again
Ask for the filling of the Holy Spirit each and every day
Extend mercy to people, just as I beg for mercy from Him
Grace, I’ll give it to others just as He gives it to me
Share my joy
Pour in to relationships that I’ve neglected
Be a respecting baby sister – listening to and being taught by my older sisters, who are amazingly God filled women
Listen and learn from the Word of God
Love and pour truth into my children and grandchildren
Truly take care of my physical body
Lead well in every role God has placed me in
Serve well in every place God has sent me
Love, obey, adore, serve, encourage, care for, invest in … my wonderful gift of a husband
Serve, obey, glorify, uplift, reflect, praise, submit to, listen to, talk to … my God, my Savior, my King, my Father, my All In All
Yield and Submit fully to The Almighty God!! Living fully for His will, His glory, His purpose … for the sake of His Kingdom!
Happy New Year, friends and family!!!
Let’s take the next step in wonderful new ways for the sake of His glory!!
For His glory … let us ALL be willing to do anything!!!
Working in the world of global missions\international ministry/missionary service – whatever you’d like to call it 🙂 is a grand privilege. We work in the power of God to present the world with the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ! Our boss is the most powerful boss on the planet; the most virtuous; the most fair; the most loving boss in the entire world. He is loving; He wants all of us to succeed; He has equipped and called us in specific ways! He created the world and He has accomplished more than we will ever accomplish AND He will bring to pass more than we can ever hope to do in our own power! Perfect — He is absolutely perfect!
But there is, as always with humans, a little bit of a catch. We love to give honor; adoration; credit; distinction to others who have been in the same line of work – as if something that they’ve done is beyond us. It’s normal – its what we do; its what I do! We name things after those who went to the mission field 100s of years ago; we compare one another to those who have laid their lives down for the gospel and gone on to glory; we remind ourselves of what our predecessors have done. Normal ….
The truth of the matter is there was but ONE who counts as the initial missionary – He is our Christ, His name is Jesus. He left His home and throne to come down to this earth and ensure that a fallen world would be reconciled to The Creator. He is the ONE who shed His blood – and only His blood is worthy of any praise and adoration. For those of us who have believed on Him and have since been called to a life on the mission field (Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, or the uttermost parts of the earth) — we all will benefit the same; whether we were called 100s or years ago or just landed in our new place of service.
We just better be careful! There is nothing that we do that will esteem us above Him. There is nothing that we will do that will esteem us above one another. Didn’t you believe on Him to be saved?! Didn’t you answer the call out of your own love and obedience to God? Didn’t you say “Yes” because you were willing to work for His glory and not your own? Aren’t you ready to accept whatever it is He greets you with in glory, even if its not the same as Jim Elliot, Ray Buker, Mark Young, Amanda Berry Smith, George Leile, Grover Cooper or even Lloyd Chinn?!
‘If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” ‘ Genesis 4:7
I’ve experienced seeing some believers sacrifice their lives to Christ fully, and be blessed in amazing ways. Many have seen the provisions of God in ways that they could never have imagined. I’ve experienced seeing believers sacrifice their lives, in ways that seemed to be full, that have experienced a lack of the respect and fame that they were going for. As believers in Christ, Christ followers, we should surely encourage one another. But for those that are doing what He has told us to do, our hope should be ONLY to bring Him glory and to give Him full and sincere obedience. Truth is that if we allow the sin of the world to get in our hearts and minds – the sins of a desire of fame in ministry OR a desire to be considered more important than others around us … the sin will just stay right there with us, standing at the door of our hearts controlling every move we make.
Sin is standing at the door of the hearts of many people who want to be seen as brilliant, powerful, ???. Yes, this is a strong truth! Too many of us have not taken just one moment to look our enemy in the face and tell him to “get away from me! you are not helping me! you don’t care about the same things God does. You care only about things that people think are important!” (Matthew 16:23) Oh! my brothers and sisters in Christ …. Be Careful!
Looking around us right now and seeing that we, believers in Christ, seem to be letting civil leadership all over the world make us believe that one group is better than another. Just never forget that He, The Almighty God, created us all. Just never forget that He, The Almighty God, send His Son Jesus to die for us all. Just never forget that our loyalty should be leaning toward Him alone, The Almighty God.
Right now these dangerous thoughts are truly sitting right on our shoulders. The world’s powers have jealousies of one another, and their sin has passed down to some of us – building jealousy within in Body of Christ. Just makes my heart so sad. Causes many tears for me.
I encourage you to yield and submit your life and your mind completely to Him. Whether He leads you to a place or task that you love OR if He leads you into something that you don’t even understand … yield and submit to Him. You can only give him all of you if you do it completely and sincerely. Giving Him your life in ways that you believes looks like it … will cause you tremendous pain and sorrow. And then your jealousy for those that God exalts, in His own way and time, will move you to do terrible things as you try to bring them to an end. Don’t let sin have you. Don’t think that anything that you desire should be beyond a desire to bring God glory and praise!
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.--Romans 8:38-39