Monday, June 13, 2011

The RGM mission: ALL for His Glory (Isaiah 61)

The vision of Redeemed Girl Ministries is for young women to be redeemed by the grace of Jesus Christ and transformed by His truth. And for those young women to become oaks of righteousness for the splendor of God's glory to be displayed. I am so blessed to be a part of that vision and mission this summer. Isaiah 61 says...

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
   because the Lord has anointed me
   to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
   to proclaim freedom for the captives
   and release from darkness for the prisoners,
 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor
   and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
  and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
   instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
   instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
   instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
   a planting of the LORD
   for the display of his splendor. 
 
For some reason tonight my heart is particularly burdened with the heartaches of my friends, sisters, and just young women in general. This world is so broken. Our culture rips us apart, telling us that the new "woman" is to act like a man. It's not okay to be vulnerable or to long for love. It's not okay to be yourself, it's not okay to want a family or a husband. Put on a tough face, get a corporate job, make it on your own. You don't need anyone else and you certainly don't need God. Fill up the emptiness with alcohol, sex, materialism, relationships, social status. As long as you can put up a good front it will all be okay...  Ugh, it makes me sick just thinking about all the lies that constantly infiltrate our minds and attack our hearts.

Without knowing Jesus and His truth it is so easy to believe the lies and drown in them. My heart aches for all the girls who don't know the joy that comes from a relationship with Him. He is all consuming, all satisfying. As John Piper says, "To know Him and to be loved by Him is the end of our soul's quest for eternal satisfaction. He is infinite; and that answers to our longing for completeness. He is eternal; and that answers to our longing for permanence. He is unchangeable; and that answers to our longing for stability and security."  

Isaiah 61 is my mission statement this summer and I will carry it back to my campus and sorority house. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for my sisters and friends, to bring light into the darkness. To give girls the hope and truth and new life that Jesus offers. A lot of girls won't like me and won't want to hear a word I say. I know I'll face gossip and hatred. I already have this past year, and its hard, but I won't stop speaking the truth. I pray that they see God's love through me even though I always fall short. If they understood how good knowing Jesus really is, they would listen. I spent 18 years drowning in the lies of this world and it absolutely breaks my heart to watch people that I love drown too. The joy and hope of a new life with Jesus is too precious a gift to keep to myself. 

Isaiah 61 is my mission this summer and always. Please join me in praying for young women's lives to be transformed for the glory of Jesus' name.