So we are approaching the end of our time in Mexico with Amor Ministries. I have been thinking about how we, the Nexus Team of 2009, are going to figure out what’s next in our lives. I’m pretty sure we can all say we’ve had times when we were just going with the flow of Christianity. Sure, we consider ourselves Christians, but are we really living that out or just saying it? I often hear people say, “I want my life to reflect God’s will,” but what will they do to get to that point? Will they fight for it?
We were recently sitting in church service when the pastor read Philippians 2: 5-8:
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross.
I started to think about this a little more. It seems everyone wants to be known and have their name “out there.” We try to be known within our community, jobs, school, families, and pretty much anything else within our lives. We try to be the best and fit in with whoever is around us.
But Jesus never hung out with the best of the best. He was always around the sick, the poor, the dumb, the mute, “the least of these.” Instead of trying to become known, can we be Christ-like and humble ourselves? Can we have a servant’s heart in everything we do? I want us to be vulnerable with God to a point where we say, “God, I am living your life, take me where you want me to go. You gave me the gifts that I need to do your work so lead me where I am meant to do what you need me to do.”
It says in Isaiah 64:8, “Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” We should want God to mold us into what he wishes to accomplish His work. He puts us through all sorts of trials, but I think He is just preparing us for the bigger storm that is heading our way. He gives us a little at a time so we are ready for what he has waiting for us.
We have all had our storms this summer, whether big or small. God has used our time here to move us toward his purpose. We don’t need to focus on what others think we need to be doing or what we need to do to fit in with society. We need to focus on being a servant to God and be obedient. Do what He tells you to do, go where He wants you to go, and live how He wants you to live. Thanks for all your love and support throughout our journey.
Project Nexus is a group of 18–25 year olds who are spending the summer in radical service, living at the Amor Ministries campgrounds and serving our groups in Mexico.