And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.Matthew 4:19-20
If anyone would have asked me if I ever thought I would have the opportunity to visit Central America, my answer would have been a definite “NO”. Never had I considered visiting these deeper southern regions much less have the opportunity to minister there. In the last six months I have been privileged to visit Honduras three times now. In this most recent visit, I was honored and privileged to have received such an invitation to preach at a three day youth camp. The previous visits were life changing, but this experience was extraordinary. I believe it was impacting for me just as it was for the young people who attended. The power and assurance that I felt in that place was like no other experience. Camp 2019 “No Longer Slaves of Fear” will forever remain engraved in my heart and memory.
Several things stood out to me in this visit. One that I cannot overlook is the desire and receptiveness people have to search for God. Extremely limited resources in every category and somehow they manage to include God as priority into their daily living. Many cannot make it to church because they have no means of transportation. Others cannot afford public transportation and the list goes on. This made me reflect on an interesting notion.
Most will search Jesus while in need, while others search ONLY until the need is met.
We are so fortunate to have the opportunities and resources available here in the U.S. However, I believe our relationship with God and desire for the spiritual things suffer because of what is available to us. People will naturally gravitate to God because He is the only hope.
Little to no resources will force us to our knees and too many resources will keep us on our feet long enough to forget HOW we are still standing.
Have you ever asked yourself, WHY do you follow Jesus, or WHY don’t you follow Jesus, respectfully, if you have decided not to? I want to encourage you to examine the reason WHY you do or WHY you don’t. Do we follow because we are in desperate need of a miracle or healing in some way? Physical, emotional, spiritual, it is still a need. Do we follow because He is our creator and the source of life? Do you acknowledge Him as our provider, protector, deliverer, savior and our only true constant in our life? Because everything we have is through Him and because of Him?
Ask yourself WHY? If you did not have a way to put food on the table, no job, no source of income or your choice of transportation would it change how you see Jesus? Would you search for Him more profoundly if you or one of your family members were on their death bed? The answer is clear. Do not let your desire for God be affected because of how well you have “IT”. Thank God for “IT” and ask God to show you how to help and iNspire others with “IT”. After all, He opened the door for “IT”.