As I read through your email, what struck me was the enormity of how many people are out there, dealing with pains and hurts from the past and wounds, that need to hear about the love of Jesus for them. Even if we had unlimited resources, the task would be so great that we would never be able to complete it. We seek to reach individuals, but only God is capable of turning the hearts. It’s as if God shows us the world and gives the desire to reach out to them… so many rush out to help the hurting and speak words of love and healing, but the job is never-ending… I believe that God is looking for those who will leave their comforts and families and give their lives to go, but even more so, He is looking for those who will realize the magnitude what is really out there. We cannot “go” to enough people to make a difference. So He invites us to realize our weak state, humble ourselves, and pray. He invites us to simply agree with what He already wants to do. And when we understand that we are weak and broken vessels who can’t go long enough or say words good enough, yet we agree with His heart, He will then partner with our weakness and infuse us with strength to carry the message of His love. The awesome realization is that He entrusts the mobilization of His strategy to reach the lost and forgotten peoples of the earth to us, the meek and lowly ones, who understand we are nothing… we are incapable of having any lasting impact without His grace… To those who realize that “God resists the proud, but He gives grace to the humble (those who understand that they have nothing — no power, no worth, no good thing — apart from Him).”He’s waiting for those who have first humbled themselves, asked for His Spirit to reach where we cannot, to heal what we cannot, to touch what we cannot, to then go and trust that He will do exactly what He said. He invites us to be a part.
A few weeks back, I wrote a rambling email to a friend, detailing the complexities of the current human problems taking space in my mind. I have a tendency to think about human need, even when I’m not directly involved. And, usually, my thinking leads me to involvement. But, there’s this catch in responding to human need – namely, there’s always more human need, and never enough of me. Lots of involvement mixed with lots of inadequacy is a great recipe to lead to a busy, tired, and dissatisfied existence.
I didn’t tell my friend all of that, but either he picked up on it, or the Lord just channeled him to share some wisdom with me. My friend shared some undiluted wisdom on these issues in the paragraphs below – wisdom that I live from in my best moments, and that I desperately need to be reminded of on those days when the magnitude of need overwhelms my God-worship.