His burnt, red eyes welled with tears as his head shook back and forth as if to say, “How could this be?” His weathered hands clenched firmly behind his sun-beaten neck in a weighted embrace. When water and food are not present, you either die or find it. If you do not work hard, you will not be blessed with life. This concept of working to survive had been ingrained as a young boy tied to his mother’s chest as they would walk miles to gather sticks for fire and water for the family. It shook his understanding of everything, this Jesus, this God, who freely offered love, life, and freedom as a free gift. “For this, I have done nothing. I want to know this Jesus with my life!” His confession was simple and his acceptance instant. He swore to live the rest of his days to share this love with others and to honor the Father. Had I not sacrificed to go to Ghana to build a medical facility and pour into a forgotten community of people, how would he have heard, believed, and embraced the love of Jesus?
Many people I talk to want to see God move like that. “If only I could go to Africa, Honduras, Myanmar, I would see miracles too,” they lament. Jesus calls us and commands us to be a church without walls – a Body concerned for people far from Him. When was the last time you ministered to your community, at work, or on a distant mission field? What if, together as a community of believers, we extended our reach both inside and outside of the church? People need to hear and see the Good News expressed through the love of His children. With all the brokenness of our society glaring, as we face another election, a worldwide pandemic and the ugly truth or racism fills our hearts with hopelessness and rage, we must shine. We must listen, empathize and love. We cannot remain silent.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for having placed in me the Holy Spirit. Thank you for the relationships you have placed me in and for the ability to tell others of your love. I know that there are times in my life that I hide behind fear and insecurity. Times when I feel your Spirit pressing me to tell those who have not heard, those who are hurting, and I choose to remain silent. Forgive me, Jesus. Break my heart for your children, both near and far from my influence. Challenge me, Father, to step out of my comfort and into my calling. Place in me a desire to Go into all the world and share the truth of Your son Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen.