When the Lord led me out of New York City after my second season of streets ministry there because I was burned out, had health issues, and the city was about to become the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic, I was bittersweet. I desperately needed rest, healing, and fresh air, and I didn’t feel my immune system was strong enough for the beginnings of the pandemic.
But I was also heartbroken to leave an amazing city despite its big challenges that had MILLIONS of people in dire need of hearing the Gospel message and receiving help believing in and following the Lord. How could I leave behind those millions to go to the southeastern United States where He was sending me given I could end up in tiny towns with just one lost soul or a handful of people in need of being encouraged in their relationships with the Lord?
The Lord humbled me and showed me EVERY HUMAN is in need of Christ, EVERY HUMAN MATTERS, and even ONE LOST SOUL in a tiny town in need of Christ is SIGNIFICANT IN THE EYES OF GOD. And He further reminded me it’s not about where I believe I should be ministering to people, nor about whom I believe I should minister to, nor about when I think I should minister to people, nor about anything other than HIS PERFECT WILL IN HIS PERFECT TIME FOR HIS PERFECT GLORY!
Who am I to say I shouldn’t leave behind a city of millions to go where the Lord might send me to simply one lost soul? And who am I to say I shouldn’t return to New York City if He sends me back one day or that I shouldn’t go anywhere He desires when He desires to whom He desires? And who are you, friend, to say where, when, and to whom you should go to spread the Gospel message and help people follow Jesus instead of you and I simply humbling ourselves and surrendering ourselves to the will and lordship of Christ?
Every soul matters. Every lost sheep matters. Every person He created matters. Let us humble ourselves and seek His will and submit to His will in this and go where He sends us whether it’s to millions needing Christ, whether it’s to one lost soul, or wherever He desires whenever He desires to whomever He desires all for the glory of Christ!
Please read the verses below and be encouraged!
Father, thank you for humbling me. Please humble us all. Please give willingness, courage, boldness, strength, the words, and the provision to your laborers and send us out to help people all around the world to devote their lives utterly to you and to encourage them to faithfully follow you day by day and forever and ever, AMEN!
“”What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.” Luke 15:4-7
“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.” Luke 10:2