Woke up this morning with a sweet text from Jose and a warm bed…
How wonderful it is to be in India and able to stay with a family who loves Jesus so much!
As I walked into the living room, I was met by Aunty.. (Godwin’s mummy) who joyfully exclaimed: “It’s God’s love that brings us together! Isn’t it?”
She brings me some amazing chai and spends a few minutes telling me about how God has been so good to her and her family… in the midst of hardship, joy. In the midst of suffering, peace.
He is indeed good…
Reading this morning in Matthew.. and thought how appropriate was this man’s response to the love of Christ.
Matthew 13:45: 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
He found the treasure and sold everything to obtain it… left everything… nothing was more important.
What does God’s love inspire us to do?
From a woman who had nothing, she gave her last coins..
From a heavenly God, he gave his only son– perfect and blameless.
What does it inspire us to do?
James 1:22 says: Do not just be inspired by the word do what it says…
Most Christians are inspired by radical stories of Christians who give it all.. the woman who gave her last coin.. The missionary who moved his family to India to reach the unreached… The student who sold her car for missions…
But why are these radical stories? Why is living like Christ commands us, something that is so different than the way every Christian should be living?
Most of us love Christ.. within limits.
We have limits. How far we will go…How much we will give… How much we will serve… We know when “enough is enough” and feel good about it because we compare our works with those who do nothing at all and bingo. Qualified as an amazing person.
It’s easy to love those who love you back.
It’s easy to give to a good cause.
It’s hard to live life sacrificially… and many cannot do it.
Justin is sacrificially living his next two weeks in silence so that some in India may have a voice. If you know this guy, he is fully of life, love and laughter, but has chosen to live in “silence” for 2 weeks to reach many in India.
Justin is just one example of what it looks like to sacrifice our comforts here for a life that Christ calls us to live.
Colossians 3:2 says: “Set you minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
I’m going to challenge you today to partner with Justin.
I’m starting by sponsoring him with $3 a day for his 2 week “vow of silence”.
Join me .
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