The Merciful Gift of Desperation
Do not underestimate the power of desperation to do good for your soul.
A couple of years ago I listened to a sermon by a friend who leads a missionary team that has planted itself into one of the least reached nations in the world. The most optimistic estimates of the number of indigenous Christians in this nation is less than the number of people who attend Bethlehem Baptist Church on a Sunday morning. A lot less.
When I listened to him preach it was like listening to the writer of Hebrews. This man had known what he was getting into. He had planted a church in this nation previously. The cost to follow Jesus there is high. A good week is when no one in the church has been beaten.
These brothers and sisters are experiencing “a hard struggle with sufferings” (Hebrews 10:32). They face violence, property plundering, heresies,…