Seems to be the thing to do…
sell everything and go.
Go to be a missionary or
go to live among those who need Jesus.
I’ve heard it said that sometimes
God calls you to do just that.
I’ve also heard Matthew 28:18-21 preached
that we are all called to go
and only the Faithful Few actually obey.
I’ve no doubt that God calls some
to sell everything and go.
I know because I’ve hugged them
and said, “see you soon!”
He calls some to sell everything
Maybe you start a decade ago,
trying and trying and trying to move
because your neighborhood is rough
and your young son finds
“used balloons” in your yard.
Maybe you beg God for a safe and quiet
little farm out in the country
when the neighborhood kids throw rocks
at your own kids playing on their own yard.
Maybe God simply says, “Stay!”
and you find yourself stuck
because with all that is within you
you hate the thought.
And you watch as people go.
And you wonder how much better
it would be if you could go too.
And you hear others extol the virtues
of those who gave up everything
to reach the unreached,
and you wonder why they don’t see
the unreached that live next door to them.
Years go by,
almost two full decades.
There is no furlough.
There is no completed time commitment.
As you watch, and listen, and wonder,
maybe your heart slowly shrivels
and you grow more weary than
you ever thought possible
and going seems easier than staying.
And late one night,
bitter tears course down your face…
one small event is all it takes
to shatter the heart that grew hard and cold.
The lesson, once again, is this…
He has a different path for each of us,
whether we go or whether we stay…
It is where our heart is that matters most.