Matthew 26:11 ‘The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.’
Jesus said this to His disciples when Mary anointed his head with expensive oil. Her love for Him had no boundaries or cost, this act was a foreshadowing of His death to come and all that the disciples saw was a ‘waste’ of precious resources. Their short-sightedness blinded them to the value of a love abandoned to their Saviour.
John Piper said, ” God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in Him.”
I was contemplating all of these things in my heart this morning as I wrote a letter of gratitude to Jesus for His love, grace and forgiveness. Satisfied means to be well pleased or content and I challenged my heart to see how I was these things in God. I realized that all that mattered was that my heart was ready and willing to do what He has called me to do this day and for the days to come, first and foremost to love Him with all my heart, mind, soul and spirit. Satisfaction in God is a discipline cultivated by gratitude. I am grateful that I carry around Christ in me, the hope of glory and out of the overflow of my love for Him I will love others.
Over the past few weeks and months I have been asking God to prepare my heart for our missions trip to Mexico. I kept coming against these questions, how can I possibly prepare for my heart to be broken? how can I speak life into people with great need? why has God called us forth into this endeavour at this time? what will He have us do? Who am I? Do I really mean the prayer, break my heart for what breaks yours Lord? Or is this the answer to that prayer I have spoken? I started to turn these questions into gratitude because I do not need to know all of these answers but to just be faithful with what is in my hands. Thank you Lord for providing for us and to us through the amazing generosity of our friends and family. Thank you for the opportunity to do as you said in Deuteronomy 15:11, ‘There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be open-handed toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.’ Thank you that we have an opportunity to serve in this way. Here I am Lord. Thank you that my heart has healed in many ways and I have the ability to feel and empathize with those who are in need of God’s love and provision.
When Jesus said that the poor will always be among us, it is not justification to ignore the needs in this world. At this time God has called my husband, son and I to go and be His hands and feet in Mexico, at the orphanage, at the church, in the midst of the poorest of poor in that land. Our church, friends and family have enabled this to happen and are going with us through all that was given. We are very grateful and have been praying to be wise stewards of this generosity. He has called us to go at this time, but it is not always necessary ‘to go’ anywhere. The poor and needy are among us everywhere that we are. Be open-handed, ask God to open your eyes to the possibilities around you, the ways you can love and serve. The needs are great and seemingly overwhelming but they are not always financial as He has been showing me the neediness resides in hearts and spirits as well. Be obedient and lives can be changed one at a time. My heart’s desire is that as He breaks my heart for what breaks His, He will infuse it with passion and revelation for ways to love even more when I return. To Him be the glory forever and ever.