One of my favorite books is “Messiah” by Jerry Thomas, a modern adaptation of “The Desire of Ages,” by Ellen White. When I read it, I am always impressed with how real Jesus is. He does not try to make Himself look awesome. He does not even try to make sure everyone completely understands His message. He simply entrusts Himself and His message to His Father’s care, and goes on loving and teaching people. Instead of seeking out the leaders, He seeks out the lost. The wealthy come find Him, but He finds the poor. Although His love and grace are for everyone, His first priority is to the weak, the broken, the outcasts, the dirty sinners. Perhaps it is because these are most keenly aware of their need for a Savior. They knew they had no other hope on their own, and most believed they were abandoned and rejected by God. But instead of being rejected, Jesus showed that the “last shall be first” in God’s soup kitchen of mercy.
Is there anyone in your mission field that might need a reminder that Jesus is for imperfect people? Is that person you? Wherever we are in the world, whoever hears our words and sees our example, may Jesus reveal Himself to us and to those around us as “God with us.” God with ALL of us—especially the broken, the tired, the seeking, the humble. He really is with us—wherever we are.
“I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.” Ps. 16:8
*Once or twice a month, the Office of Volunteer Ministries sends a short devotional thought to our volunteers around the world.