TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2013
|For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.|
I heard a story about an old missionary couple who had been serving in Africa for years and were returning home to retire. Their health was broken down, and they had no pension. As it turned out, the same steamer ship they were traveling on had a very well-known passenger, President Teddy Roosevelt, who was returning home from a hunting expedition. As the passengers disembarked, there was a crowd of admirers. They were all there to greet the President of the United States. A band was playing, and the cheers of the crowd were deafening.
But when the missionary couple came ashore, there was no band playing for them. There was no applause. There was no one to welcome them home—not a single soul to meet them. Discouraged, the husband buried his face in his hands and moaned, “God, I didn’t expect a band or a parade, but someone could have seen to it to welcome us home.”
Hearing this, his wife looked at him and said, “Now Honey, we are not home yet.”
That is what we need to remember. We are not home yet, but one day we will be. Our job, until that day, is to be faithful with the opportunities and resources God has given to us. There are some people who simply go for it as Christians. They take risks for God. They want to do great things for God. They give it everything they have. Then there are others who want to serve the Lord, but they are more cautious, more careful. Some people are setting the world on fire while others are still looking for a match.
Here is what we need to focus on: being faithful to the Lord and using the gifts, opportunities, and resources He has given us.
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Jeremiah 48-49; Psalm 67; 1 John 1
Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.