[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] I [/dropcap]’ve shared part of this story before, but I wanted to share it again as I was thinking on it yesterday.
About 10 years ago, I was privileged to spend about 3 weeks in India on a missions trip. You can’t go to India and leave unchanged. No place on the planet is like the very large expanse of this country. Nothing is like the culture, nothing is like the plane ride just getting you there, and nothing is like the amount of poverty. Nothing. It was a difficult trip to say the least. And one experience left me forever changed. Our team was asked to pray for a new Christian who was dying from a tumor. She was a teenager who was the only believer in her family, and she wanted to be healed for them. So we went to pray for her. And when I say tumor, you can’t even imagine it. It was an organism of death that was eating her alive. Her body was tiny while her leg was giant. It was heartbreaking. It was a day that I will never forget as an anger grew up inside of me and said “no, this is not caused by God; this is in no way any part of God!” It was purely of the devil, from the devil, and created to destroy her life. And that it did. It took me months to process the feelings I felt while we prayed with her.
Shortly after the trip, I laid in my tiny apartment in Boulder, CO trying to recover and process from all that was India, and this verse hit me heavy.
The Sprit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
That was Jesus’ purpose in His earthly life. That’s all He did, that’s what He came to accomplish, and that was the essence of Him because He is the essence of the Father God. He only did what the Father told Him to do. He is the exact representation of the Father. He never put sickness on anyone, He never ignored a need, He never chose to walk by someone, and He never chose to not heal someone. It was always His will, because it’s the Father’s will.
God’s been doing a lot in me lately, but as I’ve prayed and considered why we’re here, what our purpose is, what impact our earthly lives will have on our lives in heaven, I’ve been learning a lot.
We’re to do as Jesus did. We’re to be His hands and feet as an extension of Who He is. That is our purpose. And the Lord has heavily challenged me to start living out my purpose, even in Longmont, CO, where the needs aren’t as evident in India, but where they’re still just as prevalent. And there’s much unsaid in this post, but I’m keeping it simple because it’s all I need to share. 🙂