What causes someone to move to another country, put not only their lives on the line but also the lives of their children on the line to serve people of another ethnicity, another religion in order to show them and tell them the love of Jesus?
Would you ever risk your career, your livelihood, your marriage, your children in order to tell someone that Jesus loves them?
It was a privilege to spend a week with a team of people who are doing just that. These men, women, married couples, singles and families have invested years training; in undergraduate school, graduate school, theology, profession, language, culture and so much more.
Every day, they wake up with totally different sights, smells, tastes, touches, culture, religious background to meet privately with Jesus. To engage this different group of people. To befriend them, to identify their needs, to meet those needs freely, to serve them, to listen to them, to become a student of them and to follow the Holy Spirit's direction to start a conversation about Jesus. Knowing that the conversation about Jesus puts them at risk and in danger.
Its one thing to do this as an individual. Its another thing to invite your spouse to be fully involved. Its a whole other thing to bring your children to grow up in this.
Each person on this team is so inspiring.
It reminds me that 2,000 years ago, one man invited 12 to join him to go to the world, serve the world, love the world, die for the world, then be miraculously resurrected for the world. Then his followers, 11 with one defector, along with about another 120, changed the world to be a better place. To bring love, joy, peace and hope to people who were unloved, uncared for, marginalized, unwanted, discarded, hurt, wounded and in need.
I am reminded that it only takes one person, one family, one small team of people to make a dent in history.
Have you responded to the Holy Spirit's calling to join Jesus and a team of Jesus followers who are intentionally befriending, serving and talking about Jesus with those who are far from God?
"If serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. (the gods in our current culture). But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
Seeking to risk more for Jesus,
Pastor Chris Reinertson enjoys all sports, especially those involving a ball. He loves to hang out with people and challenge them to be Jesus REVolutionizers.