Can you believe we’re on the next-to-last chapter?? We can do this!!
Okay, I’ll admit all the risking and dying stuff was a bit intimidating, but didn’t you find it invigorating too?? I mean, talk about upping the ante, jacking everything up a couple (hundred) notches. Wowza.
Are you at the place where you’d be okey-dokey-fine with getting accidentally stuck with an HIV-infected needle in the name of serving Jesus? What about getting speared to death by natives that you were trying to win to Christ? Or being eaten–how does that sound? Or poisoned–by your own family?
Goodness, we’re barely willing to risk being thought of as a little “out there” by our neighbor.
I like the tongue-in-cheek (but not really) warning on page 167–“To everyone wanting a safe, untroubled, comfortable life free from danger, stay away from Jesus.”
David Platt goes on to say, “Maybe this is why we sit back and settle for a casual relationship with Christ and routine religion in the church. It is safe there, and the world likes us there. The world likes us when we are pursuing everything they are pursuing.”
Ouch, ouch, ouch.
I don’t want to spend my life cruising on a luxury liner (p. 169-171). I want my life to be characterized by a sense of urgency, of not resting until the poor have food and orphans have homes and justice is restored and the lost are reconciled to Christ.
And I don’t want to just throw my money at causes–although that can be really awesome and is so important–I want to be out on the front lines. In the danger zone. Not waltzing around like some benefactress elf, passing out charity like candy canes at Christmas time. I want to get OUT THERE. IN THERE. With the poor and the orphaned and the marginalized.
God will protect me. He’ll protect my family. Because even though following Jesus might very well mean putting yourself in harm’s way, “we can rest confident in the fact that nothing will happen to us in this world apart from the gracious will of a sovereign God. Nothing.” (172)
I wrote the words “Panha’s dad” on page 173 when Platt is talking about how Satan’s plan to destroy the church through Stephen’s stoning actually helped scatter believers to all corners of the earth where they shared the gospel. Stolen tuk-tuk, anyone?
I love this paragraph on page 174–Indeed, God knows every detail of our lives, and when we step out in faith to follow him, he will show us that our greatest security is not found in the comforts we can manufacture in this world but in the faithful provision of the only one who knows our needs and the only one who is able to meet our needs in every way.
I wrote “Cambodia Fund” right under those words. I’ve told God I’d give up that dream if he asked me to (oh, I pray that I really would), but I don’t sense him saying “give it up.” I sense him saying, “Trust me.” My girls just stared at our brochures of our orphanage kiddos tonight and chattered about them and talked about which girls are closest in age to them and tried their best to say all their names without looking. Then Nina started crying. “What’s wrong, sweetie?” I asked her. “I just want to go to Cambodia,” she said.
Well. We’ll just keep praying about it then, won’t we? And she has been. A lot. And I got to give her some good news–an answer to her prayers–this afternoon. I have an opportunity to earn a little money here in awhile. It won’t buy 5 plane tickets, but it will buy 3 girlies a passport. And we’ll just keep trusting and keep trucking and see what God has up his sleeve.
And that was a tangent I didn’t mean to go off on, but I can’t apologize for Cambodian tangents, because I like them.
I have a story to share tomorrow. It doesn’t involve going to an unreached people group in a foreign land, but it does involve people I haven’t reached, because I’ve been too… something… for the past four years to walk around my neighborhood and reach out to the people I share a street with.
Lord willing, that’s going to change here soon.
Reminder: Chapter 9 on November 16, Thanksgiving week–OFF, Radical Celebration on November 30.
Two questions for you today:
1. What’s your biggest fear?
2. What are you ready to risk?