Hey friends, it's been a while since I laid out a heart sharing here. This is not due to a lack of the Lord's working in my life, but rather being overwhelmed by His love and wondering, "Where do I even begin?"
I decided to start unpacking all of what Jesus is doing in my life with the question that keeps echoing in my mind, "Will you run after them?"
God's Movement in Colombia
Last month, I had the privilege of serving as a missionary in Bogota, Colombia with Ten Days Missions because enough amazing people in my life chose to partner with me. During this trip, our team was on the ground for six days at La Universidad Nacional Bogota, sharing the Gospel with and ministering to students.
Before the trip, I asked God for two things: First, I wanted to play a part in someone's salvation. Second, I wanted to witness someone receive instantaneous healing. To my complete joy, God delivered on both requests. The healing moment was incredible because God allowed my teammate and I to pray for a Christian student with whom we were speaking who had lost his voice. After our prayer and instruction from the Holy Spirit for the student to cough, his voice was immediately restored!
Another incredible event that happened was the salvation of Manuel.
My teammates and I were walking around the campus, searching for students with whom we should speak. At one point, I spotted a young man in a green jacket sitting on some steps. I pointed him out to my teammates and we walked over to him. My teammates led the way and they walked up to the student sitting in front of the young man I had pointed out. I panicked a little bit, but decided to engage with the student we had approached while keeping my eye on the young man I had initially pointed out.
At one point, the young man I was watching got up to leave. In that moment, I ran after him and asked him if we could ask him questions (in very broken Spanish), showing him The God Test. He said yes, and at the exact time he came over to our team, the other student left.
We spent the next hour speaking with the young man, whose name is Manuel. During our conversation, we discovered that Manuel desired to know God but ultimately believed that God hated him. He had even chosen to study philosophy as a means to fill the "God void" in his life. We asked him some personal questions and then asked if he had ever heard the message of the Gospel, and he said he had not.
We shared Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord," and told him about God's love for us. After hearing the message of the Gospel for the first time, Manuel said that it felt as if a weight had been lifted off of his shoulders. We asked him if he would like to pray to Jesus for the first time, and he said yes. We prayed a prayer of salvation with Manuel, and he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Afterward, he said that the feeling he had was indescribable and he was visibly happy.
Will You Run After Them?
Watching God move and work in the heart of Manuel right before my eyes was one of the most powerful experiences with Jesus I've ever had, but it never would have happened if I had not stepped out of my comfort zone and risked looking ridiculous by running after him. This was definitely easier to do in a foreign country among people I didn't know, but the Lord pressed on my heart that this was how I should view and treat people everywhere, especially in my home country and community.
God said to me, "Are you willing to run after them? Are you willing to look ridiculous? Are you willing to be uncomfortable? Are you willing to press in, in the face of resistance? Are you willing to do these things for those who are lost, but who I call mine?" I didn't have any other choice but to answer, "Yes, Lord," after what He did in Colombia.
I've heard several sermons recently about being pressed by God and leaning into what God is working in our hearts. During those sermons, I was convicted by how in the past, I've given up on what God was doing in me and through me too easily. Instead of leaning in and enduring a place of discomfort or suffering or resistance or even persecution, I've run back to my comfort zone and chalked it up to, "Well, this must not be God's will for [INSERT MIRACLE OR CHANGE] to happen," or "God, I'm just not enough."
However, now all I can hear is, "Press in - it's ok to be uncomfortable," and, "Patience is a virtue." I believe that God is not only whispering this to me, but to an entire generation of Christians who have planted themselves on the sandbar of life versus diving into the deep ocean of what God wants to do in them and through them.
If you're one of those people standing on the sandbar, join me in diving into the ocean of God's power and love, and leaning into His voice. His heart is for this generation to know Him through signs, miracles, wonders, healing, deliverance, freedom, joy, and peace. However, we are His hands and feet, and we have to move so that He can move. Let's be willing to run after those who are hurting and broken, and see what God will do.
Joshua 1:9 ESV
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
James 1:22 ESV
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Isaiah 40:30, 31
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.