Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Going to New Zealand: The why

A couple people have brought to my attention
that I never really laid out the whole reason why we are moving to New Zealand.
I kind of addressed it here but I thought I'd elaborate a bit.
(If you are super confused right now go here to catch up.)

If you've ever been to New Zealand you know it's a beautiful country.
In fact it's probably the most beautiful country I have ever been to.
That's totally a perk but definitely not the reason we are going.

The reality is
people everywhere need Jesus.
The people in rural Africa,
the people in big city Asia,
my next door neighbor,
you, me
we are all in desperate need of a Savior.

The Bible says we are all sinners.
If you are anything like me, you know this is true.
Since God is holy and perfect and just
and we are not
we are separated from God.
No matter how many good deeds we do
we can never measure up to God's standard.
And since God is a good and just judge
He can't let anyone into heaven who doesn't measure up.

Your probably thinking ok...
this is BAD news.
And it is.
We all deserve to go to hell.
Sin=death (Romans 6:23)
But thankfully it doesn't end there.
God, is his grace, sent his son Jesus
who was fully God and fully man
to the earth.
Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life
the life that we, in our sin, could never live.
Then he died, a sinner's death, on the cross
in our place
exchanging our sin with his holiness.
Then three days after He died and was buried
He rose from the dead!!
He did all of this so that we could be in relationship with Him and
spend eternity with God in heaven.
And He did this all by His grace
because He loves us
so. so. so. much.

And that's what it's all about.
Jesus has so radically changed my life
that I want to tell everyone about Him.
He is far too good to keep to myself.

I remember when I first became a Christian,
I was angry
at all the people who knew the Lord
and never told me about Him.
Angry that they assumed I already knew Him
or were too ashamed to tell me
or whatever reason they had to for keeping the Good News to themselves.

I don't know what I would do without Christ.
He is the best thing that ever happened to me.
He is what gives my life meaning.
He is worth everything to me.
Nothing compares to knowing Him.
And because of all these things and more
I can't help but tell everyone I know about Him.

So that's why we are going to New Zealand.
To tell people about Jesus and start a church.
Because the Gospel is way too good to keep to myself.

Still not sure what the "Gospel" or "Good News" is?
Go here for a more detailed explanation or feel free to email me with any questions.
I'd love to talk :)


ally michele said...

AMEN!!! I'm super excited for you and your family but most of all... ALL the people you will talk with!! You guys will be such a blessings in the land of NZ! :)

Katie R said...

we went to college with some friends who are in NZ for a similar purpose, they live in North New Brighton, Christchurch. (I don't know what that means :) )
Her name is Molly and her email is ollymay83 (at)

May God bless your journey!

Liesl said...

Wow. I feel so encouraged. Let me explain... My hubby and I are from South Africa and after finishing Bible college ended up doing missions work there (in SA). Three years ago, God told us to move to NZ. We were so freaked out. Why go to a country where they already have God??? And that is exactly what I have found. NZ needs God more than Africa does (in a sense). My heart breaks for the people here. There is a complacency and tolerance that I can't explain and have seen nowhere else in the world. Praise God for your exciting journey. What area will you be moving to?

Jennifer said...

WOW! I thought you were going on a mission trip. Didn't realize you are actually moving! WOW!

Ashley Johnson said...

I used to live in Auckland! We went to a wonderful missionary church down there. My dad ran the project for the building of the Sky Tower. Be sure to check it out!

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