“The place God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
This quote struck me hard this past week at college orientation. How amazing that the Lord would connect my recent calling to India with my longing for travel and complacency in the states. He instilled a desire for service and travel in me to further his kingdom, and has called me to a spiritually dark and impoverished people group. The thought that I, a typical college student, could impact a young girl in sex trafficking, a desperate man stealing loose change to make ends meet, or a single mother whose children scavenge in the city dump for meals, blows my mind. God’s awesome power and steadfast love will equip me far more than any program or funding ever could. He’s going to provide for me in incredible ways, because there’s no way on earth I could accomplish anything in the kingdom without his provision and blessing. Simply put, loving the orphans and widows is where my deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.
While I’m overjoyed to have a purpose and renewed passion for the Father, I can’t help but be heartbroken for those who are stuck where I was just six months ago. Complacent Christianity dominates the American church to a horrifying extent, and it absolutely destroys God’s heart. Imagine a man whose love, power, and resources surpass measure. Imagine this wealthy philanthropist sees his son or daughter is struggling to pay off their college debt, going through a breakup, or feels lonely and worthless. How foolish would the son or daughter be to refuse his help?
“No, I don’t need your money, I’d rather work sixty hours a week for the next twenty years and live on the poverty line.”
“That’s nice of you to say you collect my every tear and all, but I think I’ll settle into the next available rebound instead.”
“Thanks for the sympathy Dad, but I’d rather sit in my depression.”
Y’all, this is how we treat God EVERY DAY. He has a beautiful story written for us, but so often our pride gets in the way as we try to take control our own lives. While you’re struggling to make ends meet, there’s a God who owns all the money in the world that’s only a prayer away. Psalm 71:4 reveals that His heart is to defend the poor, rescue the needy, and crush your oppressors. He cares about every need you have, from debt to loneliness to aimlessness. How destitute must the human heart become before it recognizes its deep need for Christ? Christ’s heart beats for you. His life was dedicated to saving yours. He’s your rescuer and redeemer. Pursue him daily, give your heart and life to him every morning, and trust in his provision.
“Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”