I Love Missionaries

Sam and Irene Serrano were in the house today.  They are missionaries to the Dominican Republic.  Besides the fact that they are really, really lovely people, they do an excellent job ministering to pastors, churches and the youth of the DR.

In what could only be described as a moment created by God, I quoted a passage during the service that was already in Sams message this morning.

Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Missionaries have a clear-cut mission.  Walk into a tribe or people group and share the Good News about Jesus in a way that they can understand.  Now, don't confuse clear with easy.  It isn't easy.  But clarity helps. 

Clarity eliminates confusion.   If you know what you are supposed to be doing, you don't have to guess if you are getting it right. 

Clarity makes sense of the impossible.  Elijah is instructed by God while living in a drought, to go to a widow women and ask her to make him some food.  That would be the same as God telling you to go ask a homeless person for money.  But Elijah knew that God was up to something more than a little oil and flour.  

Clarity empowers the heart.  When you know beyond any shadow of a doubt what God has called you to do, it brings life and strength to your heart. 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, please give me clarity today.  AMEN