“People who are obsessed with Jesus aren’t concerned with their personal safety and comfort above all else. Obsessed people care more about God’s kingdom coming to this earth than their own lives being shielded from pain or distress.”
Francis Chan, Crazy Love
That’s a pretty terrifying thought when you really sit back and ponder its implications for your life. A willingness to walk head long into the darkness, checking your comforts and safety at the door, isn’t usually what you think of when you give your life to Christ. It seems to almost directly oppose our instinct for self-preservation.
God calls, and we’re like, ”Wait… for real?!”
You can’t say the idea isn’t biblical. The most common commandment in all of Scripture is, “Do not fear.” The New Testament was written almost completely by martyrs. And we worship a guy who got murdered. Clearly, God knew some things might not go so great, at least by our standards.
God knew those who truly followed Him would be on the front lines, running with reckless abandon into the Enemy’s line of fire. However, He also knew there would NEVER be a bullet we couldn’t take. “To live is Christ and to die is gain,” as the apostle Paul says in Philippians 1:21. Above all, He wanted for God to take him to be with his Savior, but until that day, he would fight with every ounce of strength in his weary body to make known the goodness of his King. For him, death had indeed lost its sting, and how can it not when you truly understand the glory that awaits us in Heaven and the joy that comes from devoting our lives to being an agent of Christ?
On May 29, we (Nicole, Jana and Josh) leave to spend two and a half months living in Northern Uganda, and this has been our prayer through every step of preparation, to run headlong into the darkness to see God’s kingdom come down.
God has been so gracious to give us a peace about it all, and we are more than blessed to even get to be a part of what God wants to do in this beautiful country. There’s many a day where I wake up and just don’t get why He wants to use me. Other days, I wake up and wish He would just use someone else, so I could lead a “normal” life. But His amazing grace keeps beckoning me back…
God calls His church to be His hands and feet in this world, to bring healing to the broken and to bring His kingdom down for all people to experience now. He invites us into an uncontrollable, uninhibited love for Himself and for others, knowing that this is the only thing that will truly set us free. And when we really start to understand the gravity and mystery of that truth, it almost becomes insane that we would ever trade in that kind of invitation for the sake of normality.
This is what we want to see happen in Uganda and all over the world… freedom in Christ Jesus. We can only hope that God will move us out of the way and reach these people in a mighty and radical way. We obviously know that He doesn’t need us to do this, but we are so thankful that He chooses to use us for it. That He would allow sinners as unworthy as us to be a part of the most beautiful love story ever told is, indeed, a miracle.
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Until then, Switchboard out…