Ever feel out of place? In strange surroundings? Not sure where to start or what to do next?
That was the case when we rolled up this morning at the home-site of Don Juan (Juan) and Alejandrina this morning.
Roughly 25 people of all shapes, ages, and sizes (all loving the Lord Jesus) showed up this morning to serve him by serving other people. These folks were in desperate need of a real home. Their existing home was a mish-mash of pieces of scrap wood found slapped together to form walls and a roof made up of overlapping scraps of tar paper Juan found.
There was a thin concrete floor for only one portion of the home the rest was mainly covered (rags & rugs) dirt floors. The dirt in this part of Mexico is mostly sand and fairly dusty, so it gets just about everywhere and in some places forms sand-dunes from the wind storms they often get.
These folks have to serve their communities for a large portion of hours with the 1Mission people and with regional and local church pastors in order to get these homes. So, this is no random chance free home for these folks…they’ve earned it by spreading the love of Jesus in their local community.
I digress…back to the finding your place part.
Well, there were a few of us (me included) that had some construction experience. Several who had no construction experience and five kids whose sole purpose was to be there to have fun with the neighbor kids (we had 15-20 at our job site the whole week).
For the first 15 minutes on the site there was a little bit of standing around each of us was wondering what to do. After that, everything seemed to fall into place and everyone found their place and poured themselves into it.
All things work for the good of those who love them (in my name) and are called to his purpose, seems to be the theme for this trip.
When your are called to his purposes and are obedient to his calling, you don’t need to have all the answers or the entire plan…you just need to take action (active Faith in progress) and God will sort out the details.
Looking back on it later in the day I could see that God slid people into there proper places based on their giftings and talents…just as you would expect him to do. I could give you case-by-case examples that would be an entire post by itself.
We each have a place and a purpose for our lives and God has gifted us with different Spiritual gifts, different talents, skills, and life experiences to do his will here on earth. We just have to surrender to his calling on our life and take action when he presents opportunities to serve him.
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 1 Corinthians 12: 21-26
God will show you your part if you say “Yes, Lord. I’m listening!” Then do whatever it is he tells you to do next. Just do your part to best of your ability as if you are serving Jesus Christ personally in the flesh. You’ll start to see the people you serve the way he does and they’ll win over your heart.
23Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 ESV
What a beautiful thing our lives can be if we’ll surrender our lives over to Christ and let him use us to love the world the way his Father loved us when he sent Jesus to die for us on the cross.
Be blessed today friend…but more importantly surrender to him and be on the lookout for opportunities to serve Jesus personally.