And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.
As I was getting ready for work this morning, a program came on telling the world about two missionaries who traveled to Haiti to evangelize the people there who believed in voodoo. They spoke of how they were able to have classes where they taught the people about the love of Jesus and made sure that they were aware of what they were doing. They emphasized to them once they were baptized and accepted Jesus, voodoo would no longer be a part of their lives. The missionaries held classes in humid weather and baptized the people in water too muddy and dirty to drink. But they went down in Jesus’ Name!
I was impressed with how the missionaries gave up their comfortable conditions in the States to travel far away from home. They thought nothing about getting into that dirty water to baptize people who were hearing about Jesus for the first time. I was a little horrified at looking at the water but happy to see the love of God on everyone’s faces.
My thoughts turned to myself as I sat back on the bed. I am in a new mind set lately that has me more in tune with what God wants me to do. I am fond of saying that I have a “YES” spirit to do His will and not mine. But as I looked at that muddy water, I asked myself if God told me to go to Haiti would that yes be firm, exuberant and have me ready to pack it up? Mmmmm. I have to admit that I am not quite there.
Maybe God won’t ask me to go to Haiti, The Bahamas, or even California. Maybe He wants me to look around where I live, work, go to church, and socialize. Am I open enough to hear His voice tell me to help someone right here in my own backyard?
As we go into this holiday season, I admonish us all to look for the opportunities that are ever before us to help someone near to you. Our mission field is right here! Brighten the corner where you are. In these economic times, I can almost guarantee you that there is someone at your job or church who needs a helping hand. I challenge you to do something to help that single mother or father you know has had a hard time this year. Be a blessing to the child who has lost a parent or whose parent is sick and struggling and others who have lost loved ones. Reach out to the family that has only one income. There are people right here within your reach that needs to know God is real! We who are saved are the lights that God will send into dark places. Hurting people are right where you are!
It may not seem like much to you but will be the world to the people you touch. I challenge us to share the love, mercy, and grace of God with everyone we come in contact with. You will never know how far your acts of kindness will reach in the kingdom of God.
I want to be able to say when God calls my name – HERE I AM, LORD SEND ME!
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Until Next Time, I Remain Your Advocate for Victorious Living