I asked Justin the other day if he thought our lives were too safe. He asked me from what, or from who. I said I felt too sheltered, too secure, when there are people out there struggling to eat ONE meal in a day. His response?
“I don’t believe guilt is from God — and there is a thick line between guilt and conviction and it’s important to analyze those things in our lives. We needn’t feel bad that a) there are poor people out there struggling, or b) we aren’t one of them.”
We discussed the potential for serving and living “dangerously” in our own back yards. The book “Do Hard Things” came to mind, by Alex & Brett Harris. While that book is focused primarily on the youth of today rebelling against the low standards laid upon them by society, it also hits upon doing things in unconventional manners. Being unconventional people. Giving where we are, instead of spending thousands of dollars to go abroad and serve in Africa.
Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
We have been given “all authority in heaven and on earth;” let’s use it. Let’s use our every day lives to show where we came from, where we’re going, and Who we belong to. Let’s show them that they can go there with us.
I was concerned because my life wasn’t filled with oppressors and daily raids on the village I lived in – but we can live dangerously for Jesus right here. There are still places untouched by His light in the United States. There are still souls that haven’t been reached.