Over the past few years, God has placed within us a desire for mercy ministry. With this call, he has provided us with a number of wonderful opportunities to love and grace others. But whereas we originally began answering the call with the idea that we would be bringing mercy and grace to others, we have come to find that transformative power in God’s call has more frequently been directed towards us. God has taught us many things over the past few years. Just when I feel I’m getting to the point where I “get it," God reminds me that he still has quite a bit of work to do on me.
"Often lacking an appreciation of the comprehensive implications of the kingdom of God, many missionaries have focused on evangelism to save people's souls, but have sometimes neglected to 'make disciples of all nations.'" - When Helping Hurts, p. 45
I am currently reading one of the most painful books ever written. The pain doesn't come from the arduous task of reading boring text, but rather from the wedging in of a truth to my life that I, my society, and Westernized Christianity have attempted to repel for nearly a century.
When Helping Hurts has thrown more conviction and revelation my way in the first chapter than any book in my recollection. I'd like to lay that out in this post for others to see, but also for my reference - on those days when I need to remember what it's all about.