“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” (John 13:14 NIV)
A man stands in the street with a microphone and a sound system, yelling his version of the gospel at everyone who walks by. I watch him, wondering what the people are thinking as they stare at him and pass by.
I used to think that a missionary was someone who is bold in telling everyone they see about Jesus. I wanted to be like that; brave enough to yell from the street corners. Yet as I watched this man preaching, I realized that shouting is not what people want or need.
When it comes to sharing Jesus with others, the loudest voice is often a whisper. A missionary is not always someone who cries out from the rooftops. Rather, a missionary is someone who does small acts of service by simply watching for needs and seeking to meet them. Instead of preaching on the street corners, they just serve. And when they serve, they touch the hand of the one they are serving and whisper the name of Jesus.
This revelation may be simple, but it changed the way I live. Now, instead of asking God for the courage to shout from the street corners, I ask for the strength to serve others in love. This is the example of Jesus that we have to follow: to recognize people’s needs; seek to meet them, and then point to God as the source.
Though it seems small, that is the biggest gift that we can give.
Thought for the day: How can you be a missionary today by meeting someone’s needs with the love of Christ.
Ashli Roussel, a nineteen-year-old sophomore at Harding University, is passionate about sharing the truth and love of the Lord through writing. She loves camping, running, playing the piano, and participating in missions. Most of all, she is passionate about knowing, following, and serving her Lord and Savior. Without Him, her stories would mean nothing.
Ashli has battled and overcome an eating disorder, which God used to teach her great truths about who He is and how He is involved in our struggles. Now she desires to comfort others with the comfort that she has received from God. Keep an eye out for Ashli’s regular articles on iBegat.com! (read more…)