Poor, Wayfaring Stranger

God’s work, done in God’s way, will never lack God’s supplies — Hudson Taylor

I share Hudson Taylor’s quote above:

  1. He was the first missionary to these foreign lands I reside in.
  2. I’ve heard that quote used a bunch of times from a man that has my highest respect and admiration, ole D. Tabb.
  3. What validity in that statement.

See many people strive in their own work and ways. In the name of some god, God, or themselves, humans have the capabilities to set their mind to something and push through which is admirable, but is it “the Way”?

This post is irony at it’s finest, because as the title reads, Poor, Wayfaring Stranger, is not something I have come to be in my community. One of the first hurdles of opposition I faced working here was community. I had the lone wolf mentality of my Christian walk. I signed up for a year, so why invest with people deeply when you going to be back in the states after the year? Boy, does God have a sense of humor. See our community on this side of the pond is unique. When you have a group of a set amount of people that share similar knowledge of your home country, come from the same alma mater, and love the Lord living life on mission being a global minded bro or sis, please what’s not to love. As any person we got flaws and bruh, we sure do, but to say we strangers is not true. From Americans to local team members it’s amazing to see all the ways He gathers and forms this fam. I mean it is solely because of the Gospel of Christ I can say that we are bounded as a family.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” — 1 Timothy 6:6-10

I am plagued by Paul’s words to Timothy, because I have seen too many workers come here for 2 months and then go back to the American culture finishing out their degree and succumbed to the cares and lies of this world. Listening to Matt Chandler the other day, he proposed such a challenge every Christian should stop and examine: “Is your life marked by obedience rooted in faith?” Nonsense right? If you aren’t a proclaimed Christian then this doesn’t apply to you, because you still trying to wrap your brain around the idea of a higher being or how He can be good, wrathful, loving, just, merciful, etc.. when your interactions with him doesn’t come close. My advice, keep on seeking. Open up that Bible and get yourself around other Christians who seeking God and want to grow in community, because your faith doesn’t have a singular effect nor is personal it’s your life.

Now Christian, does your life show marked obedience rooted in faith? You know many people would argue the whole saved by grace, works, or both. Which is it? In my understanding from the Bible: It’s saved by grace and your works and fruit are seen because of your obedience rooted in faith in death and resurrection of the Son of God. See your works can’t save you. (John 6:38-40; Eph. 2:1-10; Phil. 2:4-13; 1 John 1:5-10; James 2:14-26; John 5:36-47)No matter if you go overseas and work for God. No matter if you make 60k a year, give to charities and non-profits, attend church, and a community group which are all good things, you need to realize your self-righteousness ain’t cutting dwelling to eternity. I’m realizing my generation of Christians are losing sight of our eternal home. People, this life ain’t the place for our roots. Our minds need to remember who called us and where He wants us.

 “And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” — Luke 12:15-21

“Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” — 2 Corinthians 4:13-18

Why did I spend the time writing all that Truth out? Yes, I LITERALLY typed out that scripture rather then copy and pasting. I did for the sole purpose that my heart burdens for those that are lukewarm. Bros and sistas you can’t call yourself a Christian when your life reflecting a “Christian”. In the words of ole Gandalf the Gray, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” It’s time to get off the sideline and get in the game. Time to realize you are poor and needy (Psalm 86:1) of a Savior. In community is where He wants to grow you. Stop being the stranger and invest in His kingdom work.

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