When I heard about the crisis happening in Kenya with the missing IJM attorney, I immediately felt a sense of deep grief and burden for my brothers as well as their families. I can’t imagine the hurt and fear that they are going through right now. When we hear of tragedies like this one, we must pray for justice and safety for those who are suffering. At the same time, we can be encouraged, knowing that some are so sold out for Jesus that they are willing to sacrifice their comfort—even their very lives—to bring justice to the world in the name of Jesus Christ.
This makes me question what I am willing to sacrifice for the Kingdom of God.
It’s always a challenge and encouragement for me to see my teammates doing their part to serve Christ as they live their lives day to day. Seeing this makes me want to do my part as a Christ-follower better. God has brought me into this season of my life in this place for a reason so I must ask myself, “How can I live in such a way that others can see Christ shine through my life?”
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” —Galatians 2:20-21
As we fight for awareness and justice to be brought to those who are suffering for the name of Christ, it definitely brings into focus for me that we are to live the lives God has given us in light of eternity. So much of the things we do on a day-to-day basis we take for granted: Being able to worship God freely, serve Christ freely, and share our faith with little to no pain or suffering for it. But there are people around the world who put their lives on the line everyday to bring justice in the name of Jesus Christ. With the freedom that we have, how much more can we do here! A small part I can play is to spark up a conversation with a friend or colleague about what’s going on in our world and point them towards the hope that I have, which is found in Christ.
Following Christ is going to cost you everything. Situations like the one in Kenya bring me to better understand the full cost of living life sold out for Christ. He doesn’t just want part of your life, He wants all of it. When we choose to follow Jesus we’re called to radically represent Him with a passion to serve Him at all costs. In some situations, it could cost you your life. But we must ask, “Am I willing to do that?” Jesus was. He paid it all for our salvation, which is our free gift from God. But to follow Christ is a very weighty decision—we are to die to ourselves and live life for Christ. This journey with Christ is real, it’s hard, it’s our hope, it’s our joy, and it’s for eternity.
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” —Colossians 3:2-3
Demario Davis is a regular contributor to The Increase and will be providing monthly articles and opinions.
To know more about the fight for justice in Kenya, please see the following article: Urgent: IJM Staff Member Missing in Kenya
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