06 Jul Clear the Path
I am amazed how Jesus is always clearing the path for His message to get through. It seems to me that he did this, and still does, by using those around Him or maybe I should say those that are close to Him. It seems that each person has a special gift or skill to clear a specific section of the path. One example is found in Matt. 19:14 “Jesus said, ‘let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Jesus is telling His disciples to let the children come, in other words He wants the disciples to clear a path so that nothing hinders. He wants the path to Him to have no obstacles, He want the path to be so easy that a child could get through.
There are many obstacles to the path that Jesus referred to in Matt. 19:14 and when those who want to get involved in teaching and baptizing (Matt. 28:19) the obstacles seem to grow huge and come more frequently. Joyce and I have looked at some of the obstacles that cause missionaries to leave their work and return to their passport country. Some of the items on this list will surprise you and some will not.
- Physical illness
- Emotional problems
- Inability to function in a new culture
- Learning difficulties in children
- Political turmoil in the host country
- Financial needs
- Stress and exhaustion
- Family concerns
- Moral failure
- Relational conflict with other workers
Joyce and I recognize that we have a path clearing skill that will help remove a few obstacles. We are able to measure a child’s learning ability. Many families in missions work do not know this part of education and don’t know what todo or even the level of help their children need. Joyce and I want to help workers identify educational interventions for their children that will allow them to stay where God has called them. This is one of the obstacles on the list above that will help clear the path.
Joyce and I will not be able to clear the entire path or make it completely easy but we can take our portion of the obstacle and clear at least that much so others with different path clearing skills can come in and clear more of the path.
Please pray for us as we are preparing to be path clearers in Chiang Mai, Thailand.