Frances came from a strong Buddhist family, but after encounters with followers of Jesus, she started questioning the faith she had built her life on. When I first met Frances almost 15 years ago, she was embracing Jesus and leaving her idols behind (she literally threw them out of her house). I still clearly remember her baptism. It was an overcast day, but the Son was shining on all of us on that great day!
Over the years, it has been inspiring to see her grow in her relationship with her Lord. She is a gifted evangelist. I have recently been reflecting on the boldness of the first followers of Jesus – their boldness in the face of opposition is inspiring (check out the story in Acts 4). Frances has been no less inspiring. We can learn so much from her.
But Frances is not just a gifted evangelist. She has been faithful to God’s call on her life. In many ways, her old life was easier. The demands of the idols she sacrificed to were far less than what she feels impelled to as a follower of Jesus. Yet, despite many set-backs and opposition, her commitment to Christ has only grown. In fact, the difficulties have been the context in which she has humbly learnt the wisdom of God. We can learn so much from her.
But Frances is not just a gifted evangelist who has been faithful to God. She has also learnt the secret of storing up treasures in heaven. The old Frances had pursued financial success in business. The new Frances has learnt that God’s businesses measure success by the treasures neither moth nor rust consume. We can learn so much from her.
But Frances is not just a gifted evangelist who has been faithful to God in storing up treasures in heaven. Frances is, supremely, a giant of prayer. Everything she does is immersed in prayer. The last time I sat with her she told me about the Bible verses that inspired her. They were all about God’s people praying.
If we are to learn one thing from Frances’ life, let’s learn this one!
Written by Andrew Page
Tranzsend Team Leader