One of my favorite parables told by Jesus in Luke 15 is the shepherd who leaves his ninety-nine sheep in search of one. It reflects His heart and character that He believes that one person is worth it. It reflects that each life is precious and valuable. To me it speaks the message that when there are more people entrapped in slavery now than ever in history, and it can be daunting to think about helping as many as you can, to focus on one at a time is a far greater encouragement. We can all become weary and burned out, but when we carry the attitude that even just one is worth it because one is too many it can change everything. Some food for thought:
*God would likely have spared Sodom and Gomorrah for one (Genesis 18).
*The shepherd leaves the ninety-nine for the one (Luke 15).
*Jesus would have died for one.
Can you imagine how many more lives would have been lost during the Nazi resistance, if people didn’t find it important to smuggle “just one more” out of the Nazi clutches? Never think that one treasured life isn’t worth it.
As I prepare for outreaches this summer I know that even if one life is saved then it is all worth it. If only one girl receives lifesaving information, then it is all worth it. Because one person enslaved is too many. You too can do something for just one.
Ways that you can fight human trafficking in your area:
*Support local task forces, join a coalition or group that is fighting trafficking
*Support organizations that are fighting trafficking, rescuing and aiding victims
*Volunteer at awareness events, fundraisers, etc.
*Educate yourself and spread awareness
You can make a tax deductible donation to help fund For Such a Time Ministries summer outreaches here.
Characteristics of Love Series
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8
Once, the Lord said to me that I needed to know that He loved me in the mess before He removed me from it. That stuck with me, as most things He speaks to my heart do. It occurred to me that He said this because we tend to have the habit in our thinking that He loves us deeply only in our “perfection.”
I have been thinking about the statement “love covers all,” and how profound that is to our human frailty and weakness. God loves us so much that He provided for the “all” in our lives. We need the love of God in our lives not just to cover “the alls” in our lives, but to help us love each other deeply to the cover “the alls” in other’s lives.
Recently, on an outreach to exploited women in my community I kept hearing words that spoke of their shame and I thought about how the love of Christ covers and obliterates shame. It is love that covers, whereas shame makes us believe we need to cover ourselves…just look at Adam and Eve. When we allow the love of Christ to touch and transform us we can then share that same love with others and be blessed to witness heaven in action. Characteristic of love #2: it covers all
We needed a love in our lives to cover “the alls,”….enter Jesus who upstaged it ALL with His very life. This is one girl who believes in the power of Jesus’ love and will gladly let Him cover my “alls”…will you?
So many of us are satisfied with the status quo of Christianity…God stays where He is (wherever that may be) and we stay here and “admire” Him from a distance, but that is NOT God’s design. From the beginning of time God has had an outstretched hand. The Word of God says that He is the same yesterday and today and forevermore. His plan is shown in the relationship He had with Adam and Eve in the garden. God sent His son after the sin entered the world and distorted everything to restore us to His plan…His plan of relationship. A relationship is His blueprint for mankind. For all eternity our Savior has and will have His hand outstretched to us.
So, as I sit here I pray that I would not chicken out, but would ascend the hill so to speak and go deeper with God. I don’t want to be like the Israelites who sent Moses and stayed at the bottom of the mountain…scared.
Now, it may be in human nature to turn from God, but Moses is proof (as well as many, many others) that the Holy Spirit leads us on and we experience the truth…that God is waiting, reaching out, longing for us to grab His hand. So as it is said in the Jesus Culture song…
I’m not afraid…show me your glory. Grab that outstretched hand.