So as I continue to learn from meeting my new “heroes” I continue to realize their conviction is what makes them stand out. I’ve just met 9 people who truly believe and live out 24/7 their belief that “one died for all…that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” 2 Cor. 5:14 and 15.
Carrie told her story of being a missionary in Iraq along with 4 others, one of them being her husband. She describes a great day of making a new contact with group of people who had a very unreliable small water supply. Her husband and their friends provided ways to improve the water supply. That is how they ministered to the physical needs of these people. After a great meeting on the way home their vehicle was suddenly overtaken by terrorists with automatic weapons. To make a long story short 3 of her friends were killed right there. Her husband died the next day. She tells of brave Iraqi men who came to the rescue of her husband and herself at great danger to themselves. Standing there after many surgeries, a month in the hospital and many, many months of rehabilitation she states, “the only difference between those Iraqi terrorists and me, is Jesus.” See? She believes Christ died for ALL. That He loves us first. His love is not based on us. It’s based on Him. He is love.
When I stop and really think about that, it changes everything. It changes me. What do you think?