By: Shruti Maniar
Living open-handedly with our time, talents, and dreams is like a diamond in the rough -- from the outside it can seem unsightly, of questionable worth and a gamble at the very least. But once we uncurl our fingers and our hearts unto the Lord- - where all He has given us is freely offered back to Him -- what freedom, what joy, and what power of His presence is manifested in our lives!
Holy reliance on Him -- for after all, He has blessed us in order to become a blessing to the others He loves. It is in this reckoning that the Truth and Love imparted to us by the Spirit of God is for our neighbor to the right and our neighbor to the left, that we experience the sanctification which exchanges our stagnant pools for springs of living water.
Thus, was the insight imparted to me by the Lord in the still hours of night some months back when I wrestled with a burden for the ten-thousands of unreached young adults and refugees in a rather godless France. To go meant to give up financial independence, career, home, friends, and the formative years I so dearly wished to witness in my nephews and nieces -- perhaps even the chance to settle and start my own family.
To go also meant incurring the deep disappointment of my non-Christian family. But to not go…to not go meant to ignore the heart cries of so many who right now seek for God, for reconciliation, for purpose and hope if only someone were to show them the way.
The call of God to think of others before ourselves is a diamond in the rough indeed. But this very diamond is also what Jesus chose when leaving behind His Kingship and home for our behalf.
Romans 10:13-15 says, "For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? How are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? How are they to hear without someone preaching? How are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
So, this is one country girl who is laying it down to be an urban missionary in Paris to refugees and young adults God yearns to bring home to Him. Given France's generous immigration and student visa policy, many of these unreached are from middle-eastern and 10/40 nations.
But this is just my story. Will you open your hands for the unsightly diamond our God has laid before you? Let us together, in the spirit of unity, run the races laid before us for the upward call of Christ!
His abundant blessings to you,
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