October 25, 2012
Below are three quotes from today’s devotional by Oswald Chambers… please taking a moment to read them.
“All God’s men and women are ordinary men and women made extraordinary by the matter He has given them.” -Italics mine
“I have chosen you.’ Keep that note of greatness in your creed. It is not that you have got God but that He has got you.”
“Never choose to be a worker, but when God has put His call on you, woe be to you if you turn to the right hand or to the left. He will do with you what He never did with you before the call came He will do with you what He is not doing with other people. Let Him have His way. “
My Utmost for His Highest
I was overcome with these quotes and how they apply to the amazing missionary workers I have had the opportunity to be with over the past few weeks. For some of us we think of missionaries as “super spiritual” people who are doing something impossible on behalf of the rest of us. That is anything but true! Missionaries are like you and I… if we passed one of them on the street they would not stand out any more than anyone else. They are regular Christians who have responded to the Call of God in their lives. To leave family, country and familiar surroundings to go to places where people need to hear about Jesus Christ.
Last night I went with Kevin and Sandy Barnar to a meeting of Assembly missionaries from all over Thailand. I was deeply moved as some of them with tears in their eyes talked of missing family, or of the transition that they or their children are making which can be very difficult. These are not people who are so “heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.” These are people who have a deep and abiding love for Christ and for those who are lost. People who have devoted themselves to seeking after God and going where He desires to reach those who have not heard of Jesus. But they are also real… from what I have witnessed… sometimes missions is painful and sorrowful… and sometimes it is exhausting and hard work as I listened to folks talk about the difficulty of “language school.”
Studies have been done that indicate our brains at the age of 2 or 3 through 7 or 8 are build in such a way as to absorb and learn numerous languages at the same time. Notice, children don’t have to sit down and learn vocabulary, or long lists of tenses or declensions…they just absorb. But once we get past those ages languages become much more difficult. We have all seen people who came to the U.S. as adults not knowing English and they have struggled to master it… while their children or grandchildren don’t exhibit even an accent! Well many of these missionaries are working very hard at learning a language that is very foreign to English!
I have admired missionaries for years… my admiration for them has grown immensely in the past few weeks.
Blessings my friends.