Your Serve

7 08 2009

“And a scribe came up and said to Him, ‘Teacher, I will follow you wherever You go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.'”
(Matthew 8:19,20)

stain_glass“Jesus has many who love His kingdom in heaven, but few who bear His cross. He has many who desire comfort, but few who desire suffering. He finds many to share His feast, but few His fasting.

All desire to rejoice with Him, but few are willing to suffer for His sake. Many follow Jesus to the breaking of the bread, but few to the drinking of the cup of His passion. Many admire the miracles, but few follow Him to the humiliation of the cross. Many love Jesus as long as no hardship touches them.”

–Thomas a Kempis


Hostage To Hate

23 01 2007

“For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps…”
(1 Peter 2:19-21)

People ask me what the hardest part was of being a hostage. The hardest part was that I saw what I was really like.

In the jungle I came face to face with the Gracia I didn’t want to see, a me that I didn’t want to believe existed. I saw a hateful Gracia. (There were days when I hated those Muslims for what they were doing to us, for what they were putting us through.) I saw a covetous Gracia. I saw a despairing Gracia. I saw a faithless Gracia. We may look together on the outside, and we mayburnhams.jpg have props that hold us up and keep life going well for us…but God sees our insides. He remembers that we are dust, and He’s on our side when we are weak and needy. God didn’t wait for me to get my act together in the jungle. Even when I complained to Him for allowing me to be there for so long, He started working in my heart.

Jesus said to love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who despitefully use you. Maybe Muslims haven’t seen a lot of love from Christianity down through the ages, but it can start with us here today. We can hope against hope that God will use some of us to make a difference in the lives of some of these deceived, lost people.

–Gracia Burnham
(Gracia and her husband Martin were missionaries to the Philippines when they were taken hostage by a Muslim terrorist group in 2001. During a rescue attempt, her husband was killed in a firefight between Muslim extremists and Philippine troops)

Night Songs

27 10 2006

“By day the LORD commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.”
(Psalm 42:8)

At times, God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the Shadow of God’s Hand until we learn to hear Him…Watch where God puts you into darkness and when you are there keep your mouth shut. Are you in the dark just now in your circumstances, or in your life with God? Then remain quiet…When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message for someone else when you get into the Light.

Oswald Chambers