Sweet related this story from the Gulf War (1990-91) of three
stumbling in the desert. Separated from their troops in the
lost, hungry, and searching for help when they bumped into a
they blurted out, "Do you know where we are?"
general stiffened. Upset at their lack of protocol and rituals of
down at them and demanded, "Do you know who I am?"
of the British soldiers elbowed his buddy and mumbled, "Now
we're in deep
We don't know where we are, and he doesn't know who he is."
today do not know where they are and do not know who Jesus is. >Yet,
the church doing to help them? Many Christians today are more
reputations, prestige and statuses; they want to be kings in their
rather than pointing the way for the lost and the weary.
Israelites in Samuel's time were facing the same problem. They were
with keeping up with the Tans and Lees. They'd rather go against
own warning than to "lose face." Jesus says it clearly,
"Seek my kingdom
righteousness ... and all these things shall be added to you."
Yet, most of us
more concerned with seeking our own kingdoms and prefer to add
tells his disciples to open their eyes and see the harvest that is
picking. Many either could not bother to see or have seen but do not
sense of urgency of our Lord.
Joanna Seibert wrote a letter to a church magazine about her
a hospital visit:
I visited an eight-year-old dying of cancer. Her body was disfigured
disease and treatment. She was in almost constant pain. As I entered
I was overcome almost immediately by her suffering - so unjust,
unreasonable. Even more overpowering was the presence of her
lying in bed beside her with her huge body embracing this
stood in awe, for I was on holy ground.... The suffering of the
innocent child is
beyond words. I will never forget the great gentle arms and body of
grandmother. She never spoke while I was there. She was holding and
in suffering that she could not relieve, and somehow her silent
was relieving it. No words could express the magnitude of her love.
Christ's church, we need to stay in touch. We need to feel and love
would. We need to be the beacon of light that shows the way in
need to help those around us to know who they are and to go to where
Let's seek God the King and His kingdom together and not our own
on our own.