Usually these posts avoid a personal slant until the prayer time. That is deliberate. I use the devotional thought to talk about what God is teaching me in general and the prayer time to show how what I learned affects me personally. Today I’m sharing a personal reflection. As you read it, I’ll be on my way home. You can change some of the present and future tenses to past tenses. That being said…enjoy!
2 Corinthians 4:1-5:10; 2 Kings 17; Micah 6
“Why are you going?” “Why would you spend all that money when it could be put to better use?” “Aren’t you afraid of the trip?” “Isn’t that trip dangerous?” As I write this, it is only a week after the MH17 shoot down, a few days after the plane crash on Taiwan, and the same day as the Air Algerie flight disappeared. As you read this, I will presumably be in the air heading towards home after spending 8 days in Rwanda. Or, you could eerily be reading my last post ever if something unforeseen has happened. Could something bad happen on a trip like this? Yes. Why then would I, or anyone go on a mission trip? I should point out first that I have no fear of death. Paul described that situation well: “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” (2 Corinthians 5:1) The strength to leave my comfort zone and travel almost halfway around the world comes from my faith that no matter what may happen to me, I do have the promise, the hope, of an eternal home in Heaven because of Jesus Christ. Many would worry about the money that’s spent and wonder if perhaps it could be spent more fruitfully in other ways. It is, as my daughter described it, a journey worth ten cows – twenty cows for us since my wife and I are traveling together. Imagine what twenty cows could do for the economy of the family that we are hoping to see. And yet, a visit like this is not just about the money. I go to share spiritual truth. I go to help share the good news of Jesus; but I am not so blind and arrogant as to think that I am not going to learn from those I will see and work with. I go knowing that I will be seen as a rich mzungu. I pray that as I go that people will not see my financial wealth and think that automatically imparts spiritual wisdom. I pray that those with whom I work will impart some of their spiritual wealth to me. I expect to meet people of great faith who have dealt with far more than I ever have and have overcome great difficulties. I don’t have all knowledge and I expect God to teach me on this trip. I also go because God commands us to go and teach all nations. It’s my prayer that I will share with you again tomorrow; but if I don’t because some great tragedy has happened, please remember this. I am not afraid – I have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. May you always have that same assurance.
Oh Lord, we live with the greatest hope in the world. We have the promise of a home in heaven that You have prepared for us. Death is not a situation to fear, but a chance to be with You face-to-face. In the meanwhile, we have the chance to live in service to You each and every day. Let me live like that joyfully.