2001-01-29 - India
Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come.
On Thursday night of last week I drove a friend of mine, and his family to the airport. They are headed to India, as missionaries, to work with an unreached people group in the area where there was a horrific earthquake this past week. In fact the earthquake hit while they were in the air. I have know him and his family for many years. For the last six years he has worked for me part-time on the weekends. He also had a full time job that paid over $60,000 per year.
Another friend of mine is leaving for India in about four days. He is also going to work with an unreached people group there. He is close enough that he was in my wedding party as a groomsman. He gave up a job in Silicon Valley, in the computer industry, to pursue this dream of reaching the unreached in India with the gospel.
Sometimes I wonder at the sacrifice people make. But that is exactly what the gospel compels us to do. We do not live for today except in as much as today is a day that we seek to share the love of Christ, which we know and hold precious, with others. That is our mission here. We are ambassadors for Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:20) These men and their families not only know this, but are living it.
It is quite a sacrifice to give up creature comforts, good jobs, Pizza Hut, sanitary food, decent medical care, having a car, friends, family, and a host of other things for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I only bring this up today because many of you have seen on the news the very areas where these folks are going. You see the difference in the living conditions, even before the earthquake. You probably have an idea that it would be a sacrifice, for almost any American, to go there and serve Christ.
However, going is exactly what Christians do. And many of us go with those who physically leave by supporting them with finances. Mission work involves a sacrifice for all those involved but especially those who leave physically. These men and their families may pay the price with their lives. They are going to an area where they will have little legal protection and a lot of persecution because of what they believe and are trying to advance.
So my question today is; "How are you serving Christ?" We can't all be foreign missionaries, but we can serve Christ in our little corners of the world. We can be salt and light to a dull and dying world right where we are. We don't have to quit our jobs and hop on a plane to serve Christ. We serve Christ right where God has placed us, and pray the He blesses our efforts.
"If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's shall save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels." Mark 8:34-38
Soli Deo Gloria,