July 12 Esight, 2009

I find myself running on two hours of sleep this morning, having just gotten off an international flight where I will be spending the next ten days sharing the precious Gospel of our Heavenly Father’s love. In the early morning sunrise, I want to pause and simply say, “Thank you.” Thank you to all those who partner with Renewed Heart Ministries in changing lives for both time and eternity. We are all trying to make means stretch right now, and ministry is no exception. At this time especially, you are choosing to support this ministry. And I want to thank you.

There is no greater message to be sounded from any “roof top” than the truth about the loving character of our Heavenly Father as seen through the lens of our Adventist beliefs. I want to share a quotation that is especially meaningful to me this morning as I wipe the sleep from my eyes and stretch my neck from the knot the economy seat has once again left from last night’s upright slumber.

“Christ came to this world to reveal the love of God. His followers are to continue the work which He began. Let us strive to help strengthen one another. Seeking the good of others is the way in which true happiness can be found. Man does not work against his own interest by loving God and his fellow men. The more unselfish his spirit, the happier he is, because he is fulfilling God’s purpose for him. The breath of God is breathed through him, filling him with gladness. To him life is a sacred trust, precious in his sight, given by God to be spent in ministering to others.”

(E. G. White, Review and Herald, June 25, 1908)

This morning it is pressed upon my soul in clarity: we are finishing the very work Jesus began. We really are. You and I, together. The very breath of God is breathing through us with each expression of kindness, each extended touch of compassion and each other-centered act of Love. The truth about God is being sounded far and near. Not only are we so infinitely loved, but it is the highest joy attainable to allow ourselves to be conduits of the love, not just recipients, and to reach out and live a life for something greater than ourselves, to live the life of other-centeredness. To live the life of Love and be willing to spend and be spent for the benefit of others. Life is not out to GET you; life is out to GIVE you. So this week, let’s let God breathe through us anew. Go out and find something or someone you can give yourself to or for. For truly, not only is the gospel of our God’s love spread in this way, but it is one of the means through which we encounter, once again, the echoes of Eden, the kind of love that you and I were made for.

I wish you God’s best this week.