Take time to rest in the comfort of the Lord today.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
What would it look like if we were like Jesus and had an overwhelming sense of calling to minister to the world in the way Jesus describes? A story from Leighton Ford tells of visiting Mother Teresa and her Missionaries for Charity order, who ministered to the poor of Calcutta, India. They sought to give the underdog, in this case the dying poor, voice and hope. They found her in “a modest building marked by a simple sign on a brown wood door.” When Mother Teresa finally came to meet them, she apologized for keeping them waiting. Ford and his wife then engaged her in conversation about these “dying poor” in their final days whom she and the sisters reached out to. “How do you keep going,” Ford asked, “with so much poverty and death and pain all around?”
Mother Teresa answered, “We do our work for Jesus and with Jesus and to Jesus, . . . and that’s what keeps it simple.”
Mother Teresa and her organization kept the focus on the work of Christ. Doing the work of God can be difficult, and if you do not stay focused, you can burn out and become cynical about the work. If not careful, you can get tired of the sacrifices it takes to do the work. It would have been easy for Mother Teresa to start a speaking tour so that she could raise more money for the cause, but she did not because she made decisions based on her personal mission to serve God by serving others.
God, keep us focused on the work. We are so easily distracted by the world. Give us a love for you and a love for all your people that we accomplish what you have given us to do. Amen
Go with God!