Count it all joy...
The outreach of United Missions, Inc. has come about because of the "light, love and life" of Jesus Christ. Although at the start of my life I was raised in the church and lived a life many would consider as being a good person my heart was still far from God. My primary focus was to obtain: various degrees; good paying jobs; a wife and start a family. However, my heart was divided between two masters: possessing the good things this world had to offer and answering God's call to follow His Son. I believed the story of Jesus and wanted to live eternally with Him but my response was mixed and was led by my agenda. Fortunately, as I entered my 40s it became obvious to me that my life was controlled by sin rather than by God's calling. I was failing God and my family whom I loved. This led me to surrender my agenda / heart / life to Jesus like never before. I had understood the concept of needing to being saved by grace but had never embraced the lifestyle that went with it; living by "faith in Jesus" through the power of the Gospel. Now, I began trusting Him more than anything the world had to offer. It's one thing to say you want something and it's another to actually live for it. My heart had been consumed by living for what I could attain rather than following by faith the life Jesus had attained for me. There's a big difference between the two.
The Bible talks about receiving a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26) and on July 13th, 1997 this became reality, a life-changing fact for me. The work of the Holy Spirit brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ to bear in me like never before. I personally experienced the finished work of Christ on the cross in my soul and my life focus being radically changed. The Bible speaks of the Lord calling God's children to be led, to walk by the Spirit (Gal. 5:16). This new life that came to me after praying to the Lord is NOT one of following a bunch of rules one memorizes but rather is a life of being spiritually led by a new heart that desires more than anything to know and love Jesus. God's children live through grace united with the One (Jesus Christ) who perfectly loves God with all His "heart, mind, soul and strength". This commitment to love the One who perfectly loves God forges a commitment within us to be led by the love of Christ. The Lord's love and commandment to share His agape love leads humanity to experience God's "presence and power"; His "Kingdom peace (shalom) and righteousness" for eternity. Only as one sees their brokenness and separation from God, can they turn to God and receive this new life of being born again by the Spirit in the perfect love of Jesus Christ. When God's Word became perfect flesh in His Son, sin was defeated and victory over it sourced from the resurrection of Jesus became both visible and available to ALL who believe. Now, this life journey of faith in the "light, love and life" of Jesus is leading many hearts to "count it all joy" as they live and look forward to Christ returning in God's glory forever.
"Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2-4)"
HEART 4 SERVICE
Jesus said: “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:9-12)"
As we seek the Lord, His servant heart leads us to partner with others in the "love of Christ" which bears Gospel fruit and brings glory to God. Click on the first picture below to bring up the image viewer which shows both activities and descriptions of a sampling of service events performed over the years.
"All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ (Matthew 25:32-36)"
United Missions, Inc.
2403 Griffin Court
Ocoee, Fl. 34761
Jeff R Bradshaw
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