Do You Really Believe?
One of the greatest perks of working in mission mobilization is debriefing our STA's (short-term associates) coming back from the field. Some are weary, some passionate; some want to return, others aren't so sure. Some had a life-changing experience, some suffered conflict and possibly trauma. No matter their story, it is the greatest privilege to be able to spend time with these missionaries and hear what the Lord did in their time overseas and how they grew in their own weaknesses.
Friday morning, I had the honor of joining a colleague for a debrief of a beautiful Jesus-lover. Although she struggled at first with what to talk about, everything she shared with us was deeply encouraging and even convicting.
While describing what she learned about herself on the field, she said something I found incredibly profound. She said, "If there is no action in my belief, do I really believe it?"
What a kick in the gut! If we are not acting out our beliefs, such as providing aid and shelter to the least of these standing up for widows and orphans, then do we really believe the inerrancy of the word of God? He tells us faith without works is dead. So if our faith is not lived out in action, by word or deed, I wonder how deep our beliefs really are for each of us.
I spent and hour and a half with this short-termer and I walked away full of more joyous conviction than I had felt in a long time.