“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.”–Jesus (Luke 9:23-24)
As I reading Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert’s book When Helping Hurts, I came across a disturbing, challenge quote. The authors in a conversation about the early missionaries sent to Africa wrote “they packed the coffins in the ships that brought them to Africa.”
The mental image of a missionary packing his or her coffin for their journey spoke volumes about their commitment. The early Student Missionary Movement deployed hundreds of men and women who used coffins for shipping their supplies over, and these same coffins would be used for their own burial.
I fear when we lose sight of our mission, and our passion for the Kingdom wanes our sanctuaries become mausoleums and pews become coffins. When sharing and living the gospel becomes a hobby for our spare time rather than life itself we might as well arrange for our pre-need policy because the signs of death await.
As usual Jesus was spot on–only through losing your life can you find it.
Take up your cross, pack your coffin, and change the world.