Sunday, January 23, 2011
I haven't mentioned much about my Zambia experience since coming back because I have had so much to sort through. Over the next few posts, I want to share some pictures with you and just give you a taste of why I have so much to sort through. The picture in this post is a group of people that we met on Sunday morning at church in Zambia. These are the precious children that came dressed in their finest. It was an odd experience to think that we caused such a stir that the church had its best attendance in a long time and that everyone dressed in their best.
We were not supposed to eat lunch there; we were going to return to the guest house and eat there. That didn't happen because they were so honored by our presence that they cooked us a meal with the very little food they had. They came together as a community and shared their resources to feed us Americans. We were the only ones to eat that day. I felt ashamed and selfish; however, it would have dishonored them to not eat. They gave us their very best and didn't eat so we could. Can I help you understand that these people living in poverty fed us healthy and "rich" (we are rich!) Americans while they didn't eat themselves? They cooked the meal outside during church knowing that they would not eat what they were cooking! And I also want to point out that they did this with much joy!
Romans 12:1-2 says, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." God wants us to sacrifice for Him! What is our spiritual sacrifice? To be transformed by the renewing of our mind! These beautiful Zambians taught me a lesson in sacrifice. It is not about looking at ourselves, but it is looking at God and rejoicing in the honor that we get to sacrifice for Him!
Are you joyful in our sacrifice to God?