|Seeking the Lord after losing support- He has been so faithful!|
An article on alcohol recently written for Christianity Today catapulted me into action after these past years of hanging onto my complacency. The author describes her love for her neighbors as the impetus to refraining from drinking alcohol:
"My clothes, food, language, and—yes—drink have been altered as I try to align my liberty in Christ with the realities of my admittedly unique context. "
|Fledgling attempt at Khmer fashion and food - my neighbor tried to dress American|
Hudson Taylor, missionary to China, wrote the following to potential missionary candidates:
It is enough that the disciple be as his master (Jesus Christ).
If we really desire to see the Chinese such as we have described, let us as far as possible set
before them a correct example: let us in everything unsinful become Chinese, that by all things
we may save some. Let us adopt their costume, acquire their language, study to imitate their
habits, and approximate to their diet as far as health and constitution will allow. Let us live in
their houses, making no unnecessary alterations in external appearance, and only so far modifying
internal arrangements as attention to health and efficiency for work absolutely require.
I now find myself in admiration of those beautiful servants who step out of the way of the Message, who exchanged their jeans for saris and sarongs, the security of a higher salary for solidarity with their neighbors. I am learning what they must already know in their quiet service: this journey toward setting aside our culture and comfort never ends.
We can always go deeper, sacrifice more, to love as Immanuel loved.
I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.