Shift from Local to Global Thinking
” You will tell everyone about me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria, and everywhere in the world.” (Acts 1:8 CEV)
RAMBLINGS from Lacy’s dad – If Lacy were to look back over the past few years, she would see that she lived out Christ’ GREAT COMMISSION. She has had the opportunity with our family to tell people about Jesus in “Jerusalem”, when she sings about our Savior at our Church. She does it to the 5th graders, the high schoolers, and now in the adult choir. Lacy has been a witness for Him in “Judea” when she went on mission trips to West Virginia, and ministered to those in need. She has even had the opportunity to tell people about Jesus in “Samaria”, when she went on mission trips to Peru and Colombia.
Each time we went, our intentions were to “bless others” by being the hands and feet of Jesus. We have hugged on nasty, smelly, little kids, in Colombia, who’s parents were out selling themselves or drugs. Kids who literally just wanted to be held. The littlest ones, with no diapers, and not yet potty trained, wet her clothes as she held them. (That was a priceless face!) Yet, she continued to hold them. She continued to be Jesus to those little precious souls. We went to bless, but got an incredible blessing from being obedient.
Lacy has given food to the “Piranha Boys” of Peru, who come out after dark in search of food. She has stood there in witness to our Savior as we shared God’s love for them. They cautiously listened and watched, with their dirty faces and clothes, as our Savior’s love for them was proclaimed.
Last evening we were on one of our evening rides, just enjoying the feel of the breeze in our face. We watched God show off again with His incredible techni-colored sunset. A moment later while driving out in the country we came to a cross road. As a truck drove by from another direction we watched an emaciated young man talking loudly from his yard, at the truck going by him. Bewildered, Lacy asked me what was he doing? I told her that it appeared he was propositioning the driver of the truck.
She had seen that kind of stuff on TV, and in Peru, and in Colombia. But not 10 minutes from our house. We talked about it and I reminded her (and me) that God loves that man every bit as much as He does me and her. We then prayed for him. We asked God to make Himself real to that man. The next time we drive by and see him, who knows, maybe the Holy Spirit will give us another opportunity to be a witness in “Jerusalem”….
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him”. (John 3:16-17)