We used to live in a pretty sweet town. We used to take walks down the hill to watch the sun set over the lake after dinner. We lived within a few hours from my dear parents. We gathered with amazing people regularly–friends who both cherish and challenge us. We’re a part of a church that seeks to treasure Christ and proclaim His worth. Our kids got to go to a public school with teachers from our church (and momma had a quiet house for 7 hours a day!)
We loved our house, our garden, our comforts, our freedoms, our life there.
If this life is about putting down roots where we feel the most comfortable, then we made a big mistake to uproot it all and move to Brazil.
But, I am deeply moved by the idea that Jesus left it ALL to ransom us–that WE may be saved. He showed us the way to be in this world, but not of it–leaving us with this: I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28.18-20)
This morning, 2500 people groups woke up without any word of Truth to turn to. Not just people. Entire people GROUPS! They are facing their day without the Light. They live fearful, desperate, lost. We want to invest our todays into making a difference in their tomorrows. If that means selling a house, parting with belongings, foregoing comforts, missing out on moments with loved ones here…we want to do so willingly. Realizing it is a sacrifice. But I will not offer to the Lord, my God, sacrifices that have cost me nothing. (2 Samuel 24.24)
It is not for everyone to go. But when the Lord made it so very clear that we were to go, we had to trust He who calls is faithful. And HE’s got this!