Live Brave, Not Safe

My Sunday just got completely wrecked.  There I was cappuccino in hand, still flushed with the enjoyment of being amongst my friends, singing a favourite song with the band and ready to settle in to hear the Word.  Nice and comfy, thank you very much.  I love this time of encouragement.  I knew the sermon was going to be great because Pastor Oscar Muriu was preaching. Pastor Oscar is a good friend of our church and the Senior Pastor of Nairobi Chapel, Kenya.  Bring it Pastor Oscar!  I just knew I was going to feel encouraged, inspired and filled with the Spirit {it’s all about me}.  Well, he brought it…..and then some.  Once he was finished I pretty much scraped myself off the floor of the church and poured myself into the car and drove home a wreck.

First he spoke on our culture – the lack of faith and the false perceptions about faith.  He said, in Africa there is “much need and much faith”.  In the West, “so much comfort, so little faith”.  He reads articles in our papers from journalists predicting Christianity is dying out and churches will be non-existent in 20 – 50 years time.  It’s simply not an accurate picture, he said.  He had just come from the Philippines where the church he visited held 3 services a day.  10,000 people attended each service and growing.    Apathy and wealth is killing the church in the West.  We are more concerned with comfort and safety than with bravery.  It brought to mind this quote from “Anything” by Jennie Allen.

 

Gulp….

Then he spoke about George Mueller.  Oh my giddy aunt.

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In a nutshell:

George Mueller was born in the UK in 1805.  By the time he was 10 he was stealing government money from his father.  At the age of 14, as his mother lay in their house taking her last breath, George was out on the street playing cards and drinking.  His father, in desperation, sent him away to the seminary to sort him out. It changed the course of his life.

Seeing children dying on the streets from starvation or being put in gaol for stealing food to survive George, now filled with the Holy Spirit, decided to do something about it.  He opened an orphanage.  In time he would open enough orphanages to care for 10,024 orphans.   At the time of his death, his charity had dispersed over US$120 million in today’s currency and distributed about 285,000 Bibles, 1.5million New Testaments and 250,000 other religious texts.

Every cent he received, was prayed in.  He never asked for money.  He received no government support and would only accept unsolicited donations.  Any money that was received, was meticulously recorded and receipts given.  Can you imagine?  He never held a charity drive or asked friends to donate.  He simply prayed.

 

 

[2] “He was well known for providing an education to the children under his care, to the point where he was accused of raising the poor above their natural station in life. He also established 117 schools which offered Christian education to over 120,000 children, many of them being orphans.

Through all this, Mueller never made requests for financial support, nor did he go into debt, even though the five homes cost over £100,000 to build. Many times, he received unsolicited food donations only hours before they were needed to feed the children, further strengthening his faith in God. For example, on one well-documented occasion, they gave thanks for breakfast when all the children were sitting at the table, even though there was nothing to eat in the house. As they finished praying, the baker knocked on the door with sufficient fresh bread to feed everyone, and the milkman gave them plenty of fresh milk because his cart broke down in front of the orphanage.”

Just think about that.  He led the children at breakfast, with empty bowls in front of them,  in prayer to give thanks for what God was about to give them.  Then they heard a knock on the door.  It was the baker and the milkman.

The baker informed George that God had woken him at 3 a.m. to get out of bed an hour earlier than normal because he needed to bake not just for his bakery, but for the orphanage down the road.

Trust. Faith. Bravery.

Where there is much need, there is much faith.

As I left church, I thought, what task would I undertake if I knew God would absolutely provide all the resources I needed?  How would I pray if I truly, completely trusted in Him as George Mueller did?  What goals would I set?  How would I direct my life?

What would YOU do?

What if you trusted that you would have the energy, resources and the savvy to achieve whatever God has been whispering into your heart?

How would you plan your days?

Live Brave, sister.

Meredith.

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4 thoughts on “Live Brave, Not Safe

  1. Ouch, my very comfortable position no longer feels so comfy! This is confronting. I always struggle with my insignificance as one single human, doubting that I could ever make a credible, tangible impact on more lives than perhaps those of my family. Then examples like this are brought to my attention, the Mother Theresa’s of the world, who do whatever they are humanly capable of, and through prayer make miracles happen.
    Hmm, food for thought…I wonder if I will let it be more than that?

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    1. We ALL struggle with the “not enough”. Sheila writes further….”When you add your not-enough to Christ’s more-than-enough, miracles happen”. You don’t need to be Mother Theresa….just you:) xo

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