Discovering mold growing in your house is pretty much the opposite of waking up to find the sun shining so brightly that it couldn’t be anything but a perfect laundry day.
Last night was the mold (again). And already this morning our washing machine is tumbling, tumbling, tumbling.
If life was less complicated, being a missionary and sharing the Gospel and leading the Tai peoples of S.E. Asia into His glorious kingdom would be a piece of cake. There would be no mold (if it were up to me). There would be sunshiny days and cool nights and people would have open hearts to hear the wonderfully good news of Jesus Christ.
But I’ve been realising in new ways lately that as true as the riches and richness of Christ is a part of the Gospel message, so is the truth of the suffering of Christ. The two go hand in hand. To preach a Gospel that only tells of good laundry days and no mold wouldn’t be a half-truth; because it’s incomplete, it would be a lie.
Being servants of Christ in this place and telling of the Good News of our Lord and Saviour means that we are responsible to tell the truth of Jesus’ death and resurrection, as well as the cost of following Him.
“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”” (Luke 9:23 ESV)
While persecution may look different from place to place, the very real reality of facing rejection from family and community cannot be ignored. Ostracized, rejected, misunderstood. Like with any decision, there are consequences for whichever direction you move. The Tai, like so many other people groups, must choose to accept this risk when they choose to follow the One who created them to be a part of His kingdom – who offers both eternal life, and the opportunity to lose your life for His sake.
So to embracing the life that God has called us to. To sunshine even when there’s mold. To life in Christ with ALL that that includes. To taking up our cross and following Him who makes all of life worthwhile.