Salute to an American hero, Corporal Steven Sutton. He was flown Monday morning to Albany, GA, after serving us and his country. The same day, my wife, Janice, flew out from Albany, GA, to help the United States Army train cadets to teach other cadets from the country of Burkina Faso in Africa. Her mission for one month is to help them teach English.
We believe God has opened this door for her to serve Him in our One Nation Under God. There is always a risk but worry is not a preoccupation. Mali, the country in which we served as missionaries is in political turmoil presently. This is not the case for Burkina Faso which borders Mali. Nevertheless, we would appreciate your prayers for her.
As we were driving home from the airport, I took the opportunity to ask my son what the sacrifice of Corporal Sutton makes him think. He is fifteen years old. I ask him because he aspires to be a United States Marine. He replied with no deliberation with a quote he had heard from a recent movie we went to see, “Act of Valor.” “If you’re not willing to give up everything, you’ve already lost.”
Jesus came to earth to die for our sins. He had lived 33 years with the full knowledge that he was headed for crucifixion on a Roman cross. This was an agonizing death. He knew this was going to be a horrendous experience. Worst of all, the Father would turn away from Him as He took our sins upon Himself as the blood sacrifice. “Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’”(Matthew 27:45-46)
Jesus was on a mission. He was to go to Jerusalem where it was all to take place. He knew what awaited Him there. He was resolute. “’Let these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.’ But they did not understand this saying, and it was hidden from them so that they did not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this saying.”(Luke 9:44-45)
Then comes the day when one is to fulfill the call. “Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before His face.”(Luke 9:51-53) The day has come when Christians must march into the face of evil, especially in other countries. “But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.’”(Luke 9:62)
How about you? “After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, ‘The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.’”(Luke 10:1-3) “If you’re not willing to give up everything, you’ve already lost.”