Posted by Rod Neufeld on January 15, 2016
In preparing to make the journey to the Dominican Republic there have been many things going through my mind.
Regardless of how much we want to focus on Christ above all things, our condition, the old nature, still has a habit of showing itself. We fret about making sure that have everything just right, we pack the right stuff, we even want to make sure that whatever we bring as a gift will be the best.
It’s hard for us to get past ourselves. Not always because we lose sight, just because things can get a little blurry at times. We start to focus on us more than others and focus on our desired outcome more than on the purpose.
At that time, prayer becomes the most important thing in the world. We need to ask to not only be reminded of our purpose but to be inspired to reach beyond that. A time to empty ourselves and then plead to be filled with the Holy Spirit. To ask for direction and clarity.
You see, the gift is not what we bring with us. It is the intent with which we give. Where is our heart? Who are we serving? If not Christ then we should just stay home. The purpose needs to be Him first followed by everything else. And we need to approach everything we do with a servant’s heart.
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the
cross.” Philippians 2:3-8 KJV
We are not going to help or inspire. Jesus Christ will! We are just blessed to be the vessel through whom He chose to do it. I am already feeling my heart being humbled as the day approaches. I know I will receive far more from these people than I could ever give them.
So I will close with this: I ask that my Lord and God provide me and my fellow travelers with a safe journey. More importantly I ask that we our hearts be prepared and ready to serve. I ask that we be amazed at what God will do with a bunch of ragtag recovered sinners who have been saved by grace. I ask that He lights the fire inside us to burn so bright that all people will see Him and that we fade into the background. I pray we will be blessed to witness His greatness at work in a tired and hurting world that so needs Him.
I pray that this part of our journey will be a blessing to us, to those with whom we serve and, most importantly, those we serve.