Hello friends of Redeemed!
I hope all is well in your world! If not, please let us know how we can pray for you! (Galatians 6:2 and James 5:16)
Back in the fall of 2015 I posted the following Director’s message and feel it might be worthy to repost again now.
In September of 2015 during our team meeting, we watched a Francis Chan video on Giving God Our Best (https://youtu.be/niL-vvRMPKc) that really inspired me about what we do and about our faith walk in general. I would ask you if you have not seen it, to please watch it before continuing on with this article. If you have seen it, please watch it again, because I’ve watched it multiple times as a reminder in my calling. Consider it your devotional for the day, and I promise you will be inspired. If not, please call and let me know why not.
Okay, I’m assuming you’ve watched the video now. Thank you!
Why do we do what we do? Have you ever really asked yourself this question? I often get asked this question, and I often gave multiple answers until I saw this video. Do you know that most of us work, live and play according to a routine we’ve developed over time? When I was in the military we “developed” a routine in everything we did so that in stressful combat situations, we could fall back on our training, our routine. While routines are not bad, they can be dangerous in our faith walk and cause us to lose focus. Or worse, cause us to operate under a misguided motivation. Let us not ever do anything for our Lord Jesus as a religious routine. Not for the sake of some religious duty, but that God be glorified with our best.
The motivation for why we do what we do can often be as individualistic as we are individuals, but inspired motivation can only be caused by one thing. I was recently watching Tom Hank’s and Steven Spielberg’s Band of Brothers, and was captivated by the episode Why We Fight. In this episode the members of 101st Airborne Division, 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment, Easy Company are complaining about why they had been called to Europe to fight the Nazis. A total disruption of normal life, sacrifices, and costing many of these young men their very lives. Toward the end of the episode, Easy Company comes across a concentration and labor camp filled with emaciated Jewish people and the dead bodies of those the Nazis had killed until their ammunition ran out and then deserted the remaining to die of starvation. The shocking horror of what had occurred had become Easy Company’s new reality. It gave them purpose in their own and other’s misery. For many who work in the anti-trafficking environment, we are often motivated by the same horrors and atrocities we see, hear or experience. Like the men of Easy Company, we find our purpose in the horrors committed to others. While this is noble motivation for our cause, it will not be enough to sustain us.
This video also inspired me to be more intentional about how we minister not only our Sparrows, but also to everyone associated with Redeemed. I want us to be intentional about how we care for one another. I want us to be more intentional about how we disciple each other and others we come in contact with in our outreach and meetings. In a different Francis Chan video, he explained there are four areas we as followers of Jesus need to have confidence. First, can we interpret the Word of God for ourselves without being spoon fed by someone else. Second, could we, if we were the only “Jesus Walker” (1 John 2:6, a term coined by one of our Sparrows) in our city, stand against the tide of the corruption of the world. Third, could we lead people to Christ, and not lead them to our pastor to do it, but have the knowledge and confidence to do it ourselves. And finally, could we disciple those we lead to Christ to duplicate these four areas in their lives. Our primary ministry is to make disciple makers, whether they are trafficking victims or not.
So I again ask, why do we do what we do? The only answer that will ever be correct is that this is for Jesus. Jesus alone! It may require a disruption of our lives, sacrifice and it may cost us everything. It may also require us to be burdened with hardships, emotional and relational firestorms, and have doubts about outcomes, but none of this matters when the Kingdom of God is at work in our lives.