I was given a copy of Revolution in World Missions (Yohannan) when I started my new job. It’s powerful.
Here’s a bit from tonight’s reading (p. 87-88):
Ask the average Christian why the Lord destroyed Sodom, and he or she will cite the city’s gross immorality. Ezekiel, however, reveals the real reason in chapter 16, verses 49 and 50: “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.”
Sodom refused to aid the needy poor because of pride. We are caught up in a national pride similar to Sodom’s. Yes, selfishness and perversion come from that pride, but we need to see that pride is the real root. Deal with that root and you cut off a multitude of sins before they have a chance to grow.
And from last night’s section (p. 72):
I had a full-fledged pity party, feeling sorry for myself and the hard life I was leading.
With a start…. I realized that the Spirit of the Lord was speaking.
“I [God] am not in any trouble…. I made no promises that I will not keep. It is not the largeness of the work that matters, but only doing what I command. All I ask of you is that you be a servant. For all who join with you in the work, it will be a privilege–a light burden for them.”
The words echoed in my mind. This is His work, I told myself. Why am I making it mine? The burden is light. Why am I making it heavy? The work is a privilege. Why am I making it a chore?