Just recently I returned from a trip to Romania. It is a trip my family and I have gone on for the past several years. The purpose is to share the love of God with those who need to hear the Gospel and with those who are believers, who might need encouragement. Ministry is a challenging work and encouragement is welcomed in any form and any time. So, we go to give and to encourage. But every time I am there, I am sorely reminded of how blessed I am in this life and how much I need to do better at meeting the needs of people, physically and spiritually. Let’s just say, I need to love my neighbor more like I love myself, and do it better.
Certain people groups in Romania have very little in this life to call their own. Many live in very small, cold, no widows, dirt floor, thatched roof houses made of mud. In one village, the people have to walk 2.5 kilometers just to have water. When they get the water to their house, they have to decide if they are going to drink the water, cook with it or clean themselves with it. I must admit, I have never had to make that decision. In fact, my decisions about water are non-existent. It’s just there, and I use it and waste it, any time I want. So, this was very revealing, to say the least, and very eye opening, as well as challenging.
With that said, I have been extremely challenged on several fronts. First, to be more thankful to God for what I have and were I live. But mostly, to work harder to meet the needs of people. I find myself frustrated that I can’t do more and often feel like a huge failure to myself, my family and my church. Many days are spent wishing and hoping and praying that I could do more for the needy. I’m now talking about, not only people in other countries, but the people in my sphere of influence. But every time, I come to the same question, how can I really help?
Then I am reminded that God says, if I give a cup of cold water in His name, to the least of His people, I have done it for Him. (Mark 9:41) I find, in God’s Word, that He does not expect me to do a lot for Him, but do all I can for Him. In other words, I put more pressure on myself instead of trusting Him to do the work through the things I can do. This is a huge relief.
The reason I am comforted is because it reminds me the Jesus has done everything already. He has met the greatest of needs. He died for the sins of the world, for all who will believe that His sacrifice paid the price for the sins of everyone who will believe. When Jesus died, He died to buy back from the slavery of sin and death, all who will surrender their lives to Him. Those who, from the heart, acknowledge Him as Lord and Master. It was the Resurrection of Jesus, that set Him apart from all other gods, because their are no other gods in the first place, but He proved who He was on that day. And because He lives, we will also live eternally.
Do you believe Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah? Scripture, clearly teaches Him to be so. Today, thank Him for His grace, kindness and willingness to rescue all who will turn to Him.