Excerpt from Richard Stearns “The Hole in our Gospel”

“God has created each of us with a unique contribution to make to our world and our times. No other person has our same abilities, motivations, network of friends and relationships, perspectives, ideas, or experiences. When we, like misplaced puzzle pieces, fail to show up, the overall picture is diminished.

One of the most common mistakes we can make is to believe that we have nothing of significance to offer – that we’re not rich enough, smart enough, skilled enough, or spiritual enough to make much difference at all, especially in the face of huge global problems. Remember the words of Moses, when God asked him to go to Pharaoh and lead His people out of Egypt? “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” He had his excuse, too: He wasn’t eloquent enough. And, we’re just like him. Deluded, we sit on the bench, watching the game from a distance, content to let others play. But the very good news for those of us who want to follow Christ and be a part of God’s plan for our world is that He uses what we have to offer, no matter how unimportant we think it might be.

When we see poverty and sickness, hunger and famine, cruelty and abuse, do we see them as problems, or do we, like Jesus, filled with compassion, see their human faces and immediately begin to respond – as a shepherd to his vulnerable sheep? The disciples told Jesus the He needed to do something; He should send the crowd away, so they could buy food. In others words, “Jesus, You need to deal with this problem!” 

Of course, Jesus did not tell them what they wanted to hear. Instead He calmly put it right back on them. “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat”  (Matt. 14:16)”

Whether we are talking about missions near or far, what is our Father asking of us? Let’s be a body of believers that move out in faith as God opens our eyes to the needs of His people.

 — Cindy