What are you boasting in?

Roe_13As I come to the end of my traveling time with the Galkins, I have had many life questions that God has helped me answer, and He is still currently helping me answer.  Three of these questions are, “What cause me to be worldly?” “What has your heart?” and “What defines you?” In light of these questions and the question, “What am I living for?”  I have had one question that God has used to speak volumes into my life. What are you boasting in? This question has been the boiling point of my study in Romans this semester. Although, I am currently still studying it, God has already used much of this study in my life.

The theme of Romans is found in Romans 1:16-17 . These verses state, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” These verses are the theme because they show us that salvation and our righteousness comes from God alone. The religious people in this book were so offended by Paul’s message because it meant that none of their good works or “righteous” deeds actually saved them. They could not boast in anything but what Christ had done for them. All we have to offer God is our sin. We deserve death. Despite our efforts to cling onto our filthy rags, God wants to take them away and give us something more precious, a relationship with Him. Romans 6:9-11,14 states, “Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord… For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” This grace far surpasses any sacrifice or effort I can bring to the throne, but should I continue in sin since there is sufficient grace? This is foolishness! I am a child of God and I died with Christ that day on the cross. Although, my “old man” died that day, I still have my flesh but God has given me the Holy Spirit as a witness in my soul that fights against the sin that wants to eagerly take action. Without Christ, I have no right to come to the throne, but with Christ, I can come boldly. I am a wretched sinner saved by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ, my Lord. Who else should I boast in, but the one who lived righteously, who died for me and who is interceding for me at the right hand of God?

As I think about my years of traveling, I cannot boast in things I have done right or in any accomplishments. I could most certainly share failures and hardships, joys and triumphs, but in the eyes of eternity, I can only boast in what God is doing in me day by day. I praise God that I am not the same person that started in August of 2010. God has changed me and I cling to the promise that He will continue to do so. I praise God for the people who constantly poured their lives, time, money, and tears into my own life. I pray that God will bless the team members that probably gave more than I will ever see, in order that I might become more like Christ. I am thankful for the fun times with each team member I had the privilege to travel alongside and especially the Galkin Kids. I will miss them all so much and wish that they would always be with me. I am thankful for Will and Christy, and for their constant forbearing and love towards me. I pray that God would give Will and Christy the strength to continue striving for the gospel, doing what God wills them to do, and that they would have wisdom and love for future team members. I am thankful for Gospel Grace and the work that God is doing there in Salt Lake City and for the people who are striving to live for the gospel. I am also thankful for my family who loves me and constantly prayed for me while I was on team and came to see me whenever they could. I pray that they would live and grow in the Word and continue to serve at Palmetto Baptist Church in Greenville, SC and in the state of Florida. God has been kind these last 4 years. God has chastened me, stretched me, and encouraged me through His Word. I look forward to seeing what God is going to do as I go on to the next chapter of life.

I am also thankful for a providing God. After much searching and prayer, God has guided me to move to Guam in August to serve with Harvest Baptist Church. I am amazed how He directs in ways that are indescribable and obvious. This move was not what I thought God wanted me to do, but now that He has shown me that Guam is where He wants me, I am excited to serve there and be wherever God wants me to be. God did it. I cannot boast in anything, but in the work that He has done. In closing I pray this prayer for my family, my friends, and my co-laborers in the Gospel:

Philippians 1:27 “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;”

- Sarah Roe

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