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THE Doctor & His Nurses

I have been studying Russian recently. It's a very exciting language even though the country is having its issues at the moment. Regardless of that, I talked to someone today from the nationality and I told them I'm interested in being in missionary in Russia. Their answer was that that was not a good idea (this is not the direct answer I got but the paraphrase). Anyway, I thought about it for a while. And I kept thinking, well, maybe I should give up and stop trying to learn Russian. Then, this came up:

"Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick." -Luke 5:31

I thought about it being a bad idea too (going to Russia as a missionary), considering everything that's going on. But...like Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick". As a missionary, you do not go to a place where everything is happy and full of sunshine, it is precisely the places where there is despair and separation that you go to share the Good News. This is what Paul did. And he & Silas got thrown in jail and beaten for it (Acts 16:16-23). Anyway, when Jesus came the first time, He didn't come to save those who needed no saving (which all of us need saving) but precisely those that were in desperate need of it. This is seen in Luke 19: 1-10, when Jesus went to Zacchaeus' house (a tax collector, which back then was seen as a HUGE sin).

So at the end of the day, if this is what the Lord has called me to do, I have to do it, for "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account." -Hebrews 4:13.

Shedding more light on what I wrote in the paragraph above, "Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?" declares the LORD. "Do I not fill heaven and earth?" declares the LORD." -Jeremiah 23:24

Everything is Meaningless Under the Sun

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Growing up in the church I learned to "Love Jesus", but I never loved Jesus. I only loved the idea of everlasting life and he was the way to get it. Books like Ecclesiastes in the bible are the cause of such confusion. Jesus came to bring heaven to earth through love and grace, while Soloman(The writer of Ecclesiastes) sets his sights on heaven and dares to say that life on the Earth is utterly meaningless. This is an Old Testament Philosophy and must be treated as such. The minute we start confusing the context we start getting side tracked and loose sight of our true purpose. To love the Lord your God and Love your neighbor as yourself(What Jesus said were the two greatest commandments). 

Now we are trapped in thinking that heaven is what we aim for and the way to get their is by believing that Jesus died to take away the sins of the world which will allow us to get into heaven. And the only way for the magic to work is to "believe in it". It's a very logical way of thinking. It's input and output; yes or no. Their is no gray area because Americans are western and westerners believe in set rules and systematic paths. 

But Jesus never taught that. He never told you that the way to get to heaven was to believe in him dying for you, he said the way was to be like him. Love others unconditionally, love God, and show grace and mercy to the oppressed. Period. 

People asked jesus all the time how to get into heaven, and he always diverted their attention back to Love. When everyone of his followers wanted rules and guarantees, he was giving out strict orders to Love each other.

The modern church is incredibly concerned with being "saved" and "saving others" but jesus was only concerned with "love" and "loving others". So no more tracts, no more alter calls, and no more mind games. Just teaching Christ-like love through demonstration.

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