‘I AM SENDING YOU.’ JOHN 20:21 NIV
Gladys Aylward was just a simple woman who did what she believed God called her to do. In 1920 she sailed to China where she opened a home for orphan children who’d been left to starve a wander the streets until the government placed them in wretched warehouses. She’d with the scripture, ‘if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the need of the oppressed…the Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your need'(Isaiah 58:10-11 NIV). When the Japanese invaded China Gladys was forced to flee. She ended up in the island of Formosa with over 100 children to care for. In the face of extreme difficulty and danger she devoted her life to becoming a mother to each of them. Years later when she was publicly honored, she explained her amazing work like this: ‘I did not choose this. I was led into it by God. I’m not really more interested in children than I am more on other people. But God gave me to understand that this is what he wanted me to do so I did it!”
Jesus said, ‘As the Father has sent me, I am sending you’ (John 20:21 NIV). The mission Jesus had while on earth, is now our mission. ‘All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, for there is little time left’ (John 9:4 TLB). William James said, ‘the best use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it. ‘Only the Kingdom of God is going to last; everything else will eventually perish. To fulfill your kingdom-purpose here on earth is to have lived well, and lived successfully!
Courtesy of DWFT: Num: 25-26, Mark 10:45-52, Ps44:17-26, Pr 11: 12-13 www.mpbs247.org