Sunday, April 25, 2010

Lord, What Would You Have ME to Do?

The words she spoke still ring in my ears; the pleas she made still echo in my heart. As I sat listening to this missionary tell of the places God had taken her and the experiences she had witnessed, her words opened my heart to a world in need. They awakened a yearning in my soul that has left me asking, "Lord, what would you have ME to do?"

As this women of faith spoke of God's call on her life, she smiled. She was, after all, an ambassador for Christ (Now then we are ambassadors for Christ - 2 Corinthians 5:20), a title she wore with both pride and utmost humility. Her call had taken her far from the comforts of her quaint little home and far beyond the borders of her homeland. It was not the plan she would have chosen for her life, and yet it was exactly the life she was meant to live. She had been obedient to follow God's leading and He had been faithful to accompany her every step of the way.

She told of numerous trips to various countries. She shared story after story of God's provision and His constant protection. She also shared testimony after testimony of souls being won for the Kingdom. It was exhilarating to listen to these firsthand accounts of God's power and His presence.

Toward the end of her talk, she told of her travels to a country I cannot pronounce, much less spell. The conditions were primitive, the villages, small and scattered, the people, in great need. One day, as they traveled the hot, dusty road from one village to the next, they stopped at a small, roadside stand. Here, they hoped to find some fresh water, along with fresh produce and some much needed refreshment. To their surprise, not only did this poor vendor have water and fresh produce, he also had cans of Coca Cola...COCA COLA!!!

As the ambassador of Christ relived this experience, her smile faded and tears filled her eyes. As she had traveled this country, she had not seen one church or one Bible. There was no visible evidence to indicate anyone had gone before her in this pursuit to share the good news of Christ. Obviously, the Coca Cola Corporation had made the effort to go to this country and introduce these people to their product, a beverage they have touted to the world as the "real thing". Christians, however, had yet to lead these precious people to the living water, and the one real God!!!! They had Coca Cola, but they didn't have Jesus. Her tears soon became mine.

If a corporation is willing to venture to far away places in hopes of increasing the value of their company, shouldn't we, as ambassadors of Christ, be willing to do whatever it takes to bring the people of the world the living hope? Shouldn't we be willing to share with them that which is of eternal value? They don't need coke. They need Christ. But how will they know unless someone is willing to tell them?

For Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” Romans 10:13-15

The words she spoke still ring in my ears; the pleas she made still echo in my heart. As I sit writing about this missionary and the places God has taken her and the experiences she has witnessed, I pray her words open your heart to a world in need. I pray they awaken a yearning in your soul that leaves you asking, "Lord, what would you have ME to do? "

3 comments:

  1. I am asking this question again lately. "What is it that You would have me do, Lord?" Praying for direction, seeking and searching Him! Tonight at church was amazing....maybe part of the question answered? We'll see ;) There is so much for us to do, Stacy!

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  2. That's been on my heart to, direction. I posted a prayer that I try to pray daily...God may not tell me to turn right at the stop light, sometimes He just moves me when I acknowledge Him :)

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  3. God, please let me hear and acknowledge Your presence. Let me run with Your dorections!

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