“Let me remind you that we are on a mission trip, and that once again this big bus we’re riding on is about to come to a stop, the doors are about to swing open, and we are about to step off the bus and onto the mission field.”
And then I remind the congregation of our mission:
“I believe that as children of the Heavenly Father, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we are called to labor alongside the Lord Jesus in the joyful work of bringing heaven to earth, and I believe there are a thousand ways to do that.”
In worship yesterday we heard about one of those ways. Bucky Neal, who is not a member of the church but someone who went through our Divorce Recovery Workshop, gave a testimony about how much that ministry had meant to him after the tragedy and heartbreak of his own divorce. He said that it was there, at DRW, that he began to recover “a future with hope.”
It was an eloquent testimony, and right at the end of it Bucky said, “I want to encourage you in your mission of bringing the KOH2RVA. It’s happening. Through the ministry of this church the Kingdom of Heaven came to me.”
That’s what it’s all about: the Kingdom coming—one person at a time. And sometimes all it takes is one person, working in one of those thousand ways, to bring heaven to earth.
That’s what I ask myself sometimes: I see someone who is struggling, suffering, or sad and wonder, “What could I do to make that person say, ‘Heaven just came to earth!’?”
And what about you? What could you do?