God is good! He has a way of revealing His power, love and grace when you commit to fulfilling His purpose.
The older generation of our culture knows all too well. Being born and brought up in another country and moving across the world is hard. It takes a lot of strength, faith and endurance.
We tend to have a preconceived opinion about those who aren’t like us. I could never really understand this because I was born here and honestly see people of every color as my family. It may sound cliché, but it’s the truth.
Every color, tongue and race of this world is, in a sense, our “family.” We’re all God’s creations. There is not one person, race or culture that is better than another. What unifies us is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and what He did for us on that cross.
When God calls, you answer. This may mean going to Africa, sitting next to a random person that you normally wouldn’t be found sitting next to, or even following your gut and telling a customer that you will be praying for them in whatever trials they may be going through. That gut feeling is the Holy Spirit tugging at your heart.
One particular story of God’s calling in my life happened sometime last year. God had been placing certain people from my past (early days of elementary and middle school) in my heart for quite some time, and one day I was randomly thinking about one of these individuals. Although he was a very old friend from elementary school, he was also a very close friend at that time. We had lost touch going into high school mainly because we literally never saw each other. I heard that he had a son while we were in high school, and had some run-ins with the law.
The very same day I was thinking about this guy, I friend requested him on Facebook, figuring he would either 1. Reject me OR 2. Accept/Add me and that would be it.
Turns out he DID add me, and later that evening he even messaged me and asked me how I was doing. Seeing that message I KNEW it was ALL GOD! What are the odds that the very person I had been thinking about that morning messages me after YEARS of no contact? I replied and we went back and forth for a while. I told him that we should meet up sometime soon since he would be in Houston for a little bit. We exchanged numbers, messaged some more, and it seemed like he really wanted to change his life – for himself and for his son. He knew that he had made some bad decisions. I asked him if he was going to church and he said not at the time. I proceeded to tell him that we needed to find him a church and get him back on track with the Lord, and he was open to it! Then my dilemma was trying to find a church that would be a good fit and figure out if I should be the one to take him or find someone else to do so.
I was so overcome with joy that I shared this news with someone who was close to me. When I told her that last line about finding a church, she responded with, “Well, he’s probably not even serious about it anyway.” Please keep in mind, it took a lot for me to not respond loudly and negatively, as I normally would have.
But my response to her was simple: that is not the way children of God should think. Yes, it did cross my mind that he, being a “guy,” might have ulterior motives. But I was confident that the Lord placed this situation and this man in my life for a reason, and He would guard my heart, mind, body, and soul for His glory, so that HIS purpose would be fulfilled.
Whether they come from from past experiences or preconceived notions, thoughts like the one my close friend shared can easily get in the way of spreading the gospel, and this should not happen! That is the devil’s doing! God didn’t place you where you are just for “better opportunities,” but so you could share the gospel with those around you!
We have to realize that we have ALL made mistakes and we’re ALL in this world temporarily. No matter what your color, race, gender, or culture is, this world is not your home.
If we saw someone about to walk into oncoming traffic, it would be instinct to immediately stop them. We wouldn’t stop to look at their color, or where they came from. Similarly, we should be quick to save someone from the destruction that is hellfire, no matter their background.
THAT is our purpose here on Earth. A close friend of mine follows this motto: “Always keep people at an arm’s length.” Keeping your distance is good to a certain extent. But you have to analyze the situation. Christ never kept an arm’s length distance from anyone. He showed love, and just like Him we need to show Christ’s love. In order to do that we need to have Christ’s love in us! If we made every decision for HIS glory, we wouldn’t have to worry about catching a disease or being “cheated” or being taken advantage of. We just need to have faith that God will see us through.
Strive to be more Christ-like in every way possible. Open your heart to experience the joy and peace that is showered upon those who believe Him. Most of all, SHARE IT.
”Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.”