Title: BREAKING THE LIMITS OF YOURSELF
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”Isaiah 6:8
Today, I sat with a couple of missionaries from the hinterlands just quietly listening to them share testimonies of their affairs and the goodness of God confirming their words and work over there. They shared about their pains, temptations and challenges that our brethren in the fields go through for the sake of this gospel that many of us still trivialize. I heard the testimony of the missionary who would leave his house daily with his mind made up that he might not come home alive because of the hostile places he has to preach Jesus in, but still returns home to his wife who is with him totally in prayer and encouragement to go out again each day. I heard how she would encourage him to go out and return by God’s grace and mercy no matter what happens, yet after he leaves, she will just wait to see him return either alive or dead.
What about the state of the brother who alone was in a very remote village where camels were the only means of transportation for a people who still walk around naked where he has to preach Jesus everyday working himself hard. A place where no other brother wants to join in and help and no sister is willing to come support him as a wife (even though he is a wonderful person). No one wants to identify with such state of living because it isn’t attractive. But, I yearned as I listened. And the only word I could add was how much those of us who live in the cities neglect these great but faceless Kingdom labourers. Faceless because no one knows them nor the exploits they’re making for the Kingdom which we so dearly call our own. Great because these are the people who even the Father has respect for because of the resolve they’ve made for themselves. Like Esther, they’ve laid it all on the altar to say, “if I perish, I perish!“
When I left them counting myself privileged to be in that company, my heart was heavy as I pondered upon everything. I asked myself, “Am I really serving this God enough? How far can I go for Him whom I say I love with all of me? Everything I pursue every day, am I sincerely gathering them for His pleasure or for me first? How can I be more sold-out for this Kingdom to which I belong and my eternal destination? I had been struck deep and had made up my mind to be the man on a mission for God. I don’t care what anyone would think of me, whatever it is about me, I am full-time, all-out for Jesus and the expansion of His name upon the earth. I want to live doing this, wear out and die still doing it.
Beloved, how long will you pamper yourself out of the ultimate purpose of God for your life simply because it doesn’t blend in with your own carved out plan? How long will you keep pursuing things in the name of the Lord but truly for yourself and your children after you? But as good as this is, the greatest inheritance you can leave them is Christ in them and the honor of carrying the Gospel message to their world. No name we acquire, no awards or honors of this world, no possessions or degrees will crossover or be relevant beyond here. But let us pursue on like the great apostle Paul and say, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”- Philippians 1:21
Let this faith, this Kingdom, this name Jesus, this gospel, become our very essence of life. Let us breathe it, speak it, dress it and give it. Let it be our Cross even more than any other life’s responsibility. Let us break out of the complicated lifestyle of trying to gather things where we are supposed to be spreading something. The darkness is here and many are slumbering. Let us break the limits of ourselves and enter into the lifestyle of eternity-consciousness. The reward is great, but more so, the joy is eternal to know we pleased the One who assigned us using everything we were, first, and then everything we had next.
Today, will you be the one sent out? Be challenged and wake up.