OK, maybe smarter is not the right word. Then again, maybe it is! Is it smart to be humble? What is the connection between smart/humble and mission volunteers? Like Worth a 1,000 Words, it’s easier to show you than tell you.
Mission Volunteers – Children Leading
I’ve been blessed to have some amazing young people on ROW Evangelism mission teams. The young people cited in this post are examples of a much larger number.
Three young ladies from First Baptist Scottsboro are part of our November mission team to the Dominican Republic. Our team is collecting items for health kits. We will distribute these kits in poverty stricken areas. The kit is a gallon zip-lock bag containing tooth brushes, soap, wash cloths, combs and other small personal toiletries. Once we collect and compile all the kits, we will put a Gospel tract in each one. The kits will be a help every to recipient. Health kits also provide a great entrance for sharing the Gospel.
Mission Volunteers – Humble Like a Child
Our three teenage mission volunteers are leading the children of their church to assemble the kits. Why is that worth showing in this space? It makes a point. It paints a picture of a spiritual truth:
Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. – Jesus
Jesus had several things to say about children in Matthew 18. The innocence and humility of a child is the quality Jesus set as an entrance requirement for heaven. So is it smart to be humble? You bet! The girls leading this assembly line aren’t looking for recognition. The children filling the health kits certainly aren’t looking to be noticed. All are engaged in something to benefit people they will never see. But these children did even more than that!
As you can see to the left, they spent part of their time together in prayer. Who were they praying for? I wasn’t present because i was preaching elsewhere. BUT, I know the adult leaders of this ministry, and I know the high school girls who were leading this effort. I am sure the children prayed for the three girls from First Baptist, for the other team members, and for the people we will see in the Dominican Republic. And here is where all this comes together.
Mission Volunteers – Examples
Jesus used a child as an effective object lesson. He pointed to the child and told all the adults, Be like this! Now, if that’s a good thing for Jesus to do, then it must be a good thing for me to do (that’s true of whatever you see Jesus doing!). So let me ask you to look a little longer at these smart, humble children and be like them. Do whatever you can to get the Gospel to people in need. What can you do?
- Be a mission volunteer
- Send a mission volunteer
- Equip a mission team with kits, Bibles, or dollars
- Encourage others to serve, smartly and humbly
Does this post seem too simple to you? Is it beneath you to follow the example of a child? Let me caution you if that’s true. Why? One of the other things Jesus said in Matthew 18 is this:
See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.
Soli Deo Gloria!