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The Missionary Heart
Cares more than some think is wise.
Risks more than some think is safe.
Dreams more than some think is practical.
Expects more than some think is possible.
Southern Baptist missionary Karen Watson wrote these words to her church before leaving for Iraq as a missionary in 2003. She wanted the pastor to read the letter in the event she did not return. On March 15, 2004, terrorists in Mosul, Iraq murdered her and other Southern Baptist missionaries. Karen’s letter plunges the point home that the obedient life stretches beyond where others are willing to go.
I heard of the three men drinking coffee in a restaurant, two immigrants from troubled nations, and one a native born American. The first two explained why they left their countries for the United States. One, from Beirut, Lebanon, said “Terrorists set off a bomb in my apartment complex killing my family and friends.” Another man from Rwanda spoke, saying “Men from the Hutu tribe hacked my family to death and hacked my right arm off.” The native-born American said, “You think that is tragic? Well, let me tell you what happened to me. Yesterday, someone offended me on social media.” How underwhelming.
Sunday afternoon some our members visited prospects in the community. One 92-year-old woman gave a clear and definitive testimony of her conversion to Christ at age ten in a revival meeting. One woman turned to Christ a few years ago as a pastor shared with her over the phone. Michael Frye and I prayed for her that God would give her a job within 72 hours, and in less than 24 hours she had one! He and I witnessed to another man a few doors down about God’s love and eagerness to save. Michael shared his powerful and compelling testimony. This man expects to profess faith in Christ soon. Another team did not find their prospects home, so they went to a home next door only to find that they were the third Beech Haven team in ten months to visit. They appreciated the attention.
If you are sharing Christ with others, thank you! If not, let me exhort you—the silence has got to come to an end. It is time for all who know Jesus to share Him.
In our Super WOW on March 28, 2018, Larry Wynn of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board challenged us to pray a simple prayer for 30 days— “Lord, break my heart for people who need you.” How about starting there? When you speak to God about people, it won’t be long before you speak to people about Christ.
What is the worst that could happen to you? How likely is it that someone will retaliate with bomb at your home or a machete on your shoulder? I think there is a 0% chance that will happen. In fact, our research shows that if you share Jesus 100 times, only five would resent it, and most of them are too polite to tell you. You are going to make a difference in nearly all of them with your witness.
Let’s care more than some think is wise, risk more than some think is safe, dream more than some think is practical, and expect more than some think is possible. The world needs us to, and they need us to now.
I Stand Amazed,