Which is worse? A Bibleless people or a peopleless Bible?
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded;
and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
I’m feeling the weight of this verse today. I have been given so much; even with a teacher’s salary, I’m still in the top 4.91% of the richest people in the world. (Want to see how you compare? Check out the Global Rich List to see how much more you make than the rest of the world.)
I’ve also been given so much spiritually. I was born into a Christian home that had at least 2 Bible. I went to a wonderful biblical church where there were 3 Bibles in each pew and 100 pews in the chapel. Plus, there were more Bibles in every Sunday school classroom and nursery. I asked Jesus in my heart when I was 3 years old because I knew God’s Word and it was prized as a cherished possession.
But for 209 million Bible, the name of Jesus and the stories about him don’t even have words because there is no Bible translated into their language. I have been given a lot of money. I have been entrusted with incredible spiritual knowledge and faith. What am I doing with these resources?
Much will be demanded of us. What can we say we’ve done with our talents? Join Team OneVerse or sponsor a runner. Support a missionary or donate to The Seed Company. Find a way to use your resources today.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
II Timothy 1:7
“Fear. It’s part of human nature, but it’s not something we got from God…When I imagine God creating each one of us and planting a purpose deep in our hearts, I never imagine that purpose being mediocrity. While the Bible doesn’t tell every person on earth specifically what his or her life’s calling will be, it does include a lot of general direction:
‘You are to find me in the least of these.’ Yes.
‘You are to leave your earthly possessions and come follow me.’ Yes.
‘You are to love and serve the Lord God will all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.’ Yes.
‘You are to go and make disciples of all nations.’ Yes.
‘You are to entertain strangers and lepers and tax collectors.’ Yes.
‘You are to show mercy.’ Yes.
‘You are to live a life of mediocrity and abundance, holding on tight to your comfortable lifestyle, lest you lose it.’ No
…But what if, just beyond that risk, just beyond the fear is a life better than anything we have ever imagined: life to the fullest.”
-An excerpt from Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis, a book worth even a skim to see what God can do with one life committed to his kingdom
I just finished reading Kisses from Katie written by 22-year-old Katie Davis, missionary to Uganda. This girl from Tennessee who fell in love with Uganda over Christmas break her senior year in high school would probably not call herself a missionary. She wants to live in Uganda with her 13 adopted daughters for the rest of her life. It’s more like she’s a Christian living in Uganda than she’s a missionary there.
Her story was humbling, real, inspiring, and attainable. One of my favorite parts was when she shared the many questions her daughters ask. One said, “Mommy, if Jesus comes to live inside my heart, will I explode?”
Katie writes, “‘No!’ I proclaimed as the children and I headed to the Nile River for a few of them to be baptized that day. Then I thought about the question a bit more. ‘Yes, if Jesus comes to live in your heart, you will explode.’ That is exactly what we should do if Jesus comes to live inside our hearts. We will explode with love, with compassion, with hurt for those who are hurting, and with joy for those who rejoice. We will explode with a desire to be more, to be better, to be close to the One who made us.”
Part of being transformed is this explosion! So yes, ask Jesus in your heart, but be ready for it to blow up all of your plans.
Read more from Katie on her blog or watch the video intro to her book.
In very exciting news, T1V has its first marathon meet-up in San Diego on June 2nd as former T1V runner Latisha and I are going to be running the San Diego Marathon together! The coolest part about this to me is that she and I haven’t even met in person! We became friends because of our shared passion for running to fund Bible translation. Latisha suggested last year that we find a 2013 marathon to do together and San Diego fit our schedules best. I’m pumped to meet-up and run!
Here’s what Latisha has to say about it:
“So why am I running my 3rd race with Team OneVerse? I think that it’s important that everyone has a Bible in their own language. It’s so difficult for me to imagine not even hearing about Jesus, but there are so many people out there who never even hear His name or they don’t hear about Him until they are older. I just want to be a part of something that is making a difference in people’s lives and bringing them Hope, so that they can go out and spread the Word too!!
“Why am I willing to meet a “stranger” in Cali for 26.2? It’s weird, because I know that you and I have never met yet you have helped me A LOT… I don’t feel like I’m meeting a “stranger.” I just know that I’m meeting a Sister. As far as the 26.2 in Cali… go big or go home! I like adventures, so why not make it a big one?”
I couldn’t have said it better! Meeting up with Latisha, a sister in Christ who has the same eagerness for the Bible, will be epic and I’m really excited to run the San Diego Marathon together!