In my dear church, in spite of human imperfection, we focus on what we have in common: being children of God through faith in Jesus Christ and having the grace of God the Father. We strive to love one another as the real people we are, not as unrealistically perfect people. I can live out the scripture that Jesus speaks of in the book of Mark: “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” For me, these brother and sister relationships in Christ will continue throughout eternity. Another scripture I love within the International Church of Christ is one that Jesus mentions in John 13:34-35: “As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” I can feel this scripture come to life when fellow believers are by my side amidst hardship. When I feel hard pressed by life’s circumstances and my faith is close to shattering, my friends are there with me. This is how I know Christ’s body is real and tangible, though God may seem so distant.
I don’t feel responsible for every member; I do whatever is in my power to help them. However, I do feel responsible for protecting the unity in my ICOC.
I respect the authority God has placed in the brothers who lead. I value their work and make sure not to be a burden to them. It is a difficult job and a large responsibility for them. I think of Jesus and how He couldn’t please all of His followers.
To be called into the family of God is the highest honor and privilege that I have ever received. My life has changed radically. What was once pain and suffering has now vanished. I have found happiness and contentment. My happiness is plain to see; I give shouts of joy! I feel like a woman rescued by God! I live by the scripture in Isaiah 51:11.
Fourteen years ago, my family and I were called by God. They have left Him, but I, by the mercy of God, have remained firm in the faith. I feel I am “God’s property.” My conviction is that my name be recorded in His temple forever, within its walls, and that He will give me an eternal name that will never be erased.
With respect to my children and all who have fallen, I love them and pray for their restoration. I live by the many promises that exist for them and my descendants, and I dream with those who have made it and for those who are yet to come. I take delight in the scripture, “I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow,” Isaiah 44:3-4.
I know I have a mission on earth, and it is to continue what Jesus started. “My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me,” Acts 20:24. It gives me great confidence to know that God’s family is composed of all the believers of the past, present and future. To God be the glory for every life that will be transformed to His likeness, for He wants all to be saved.
Rescued by our Lord on April 14, 2000 and transformed into a disciple of Christ for His glory.
An eternal hug,
ICOC Quito – Ecuador