“The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed” – Hudson Taylor
One night while walking with my mom around our neighborhood, I said quietly, “Mom, I’m willing to be a missionary except I am afraid of snakes.” She was a mother of five; snakes were the least of her concerns. I was fifteen. I didn’t like snakes. Many years later, I came precariously close to a slender and fast-moving reptile in Central Mexico. Five years after that, I viewed a huge python through the glass at a zoo in Brazil. In my thirties, a friend and I noticed some quick movement outside the screened windows in our house in Papua New Guinea. We stayed inside.
I had my fears at fifteen. They didn’t all include snakes. I could’ve stayed home. No one would blame me. Most people don’t like snakes. But there’s this thing called: The Great Commission. Here it is:
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 19,20
It’s a Great Commission because a great God called us to a grand job. If I think too hard about the grandness of the job, I think, “Snakes!” and stay inside. Too scary.
What does all this talk of missionaries and snakes and Grand Pronouncements have to do with hospitality?
We give God our lives at salvation—not just to be saved from hell and spend a lifetime with Him. No.
And a good way to do that is at our tables. One cup of coffee at a time. It’s a matter of love–His and ours.
I asked a bunch of women what kept them from doing hospitality. There were fears. Lots of them.
Here are some of their answers: (read more…)
So pleased to be a guest on the lovely Jerusha’s Fear Warrior Blog today. She’s got lots to offer you–check it out:
Jerusha Agen imagines danger around every corner, but knows God is there, too. So naturally, she writes romantic suspense infused with the hope of salvation in Jesus Christ.
With a B.A. in English and a background in screenwriting, Jerusha is the author of The Sisters Redeemed Series. Jerusha writes about fighting against fear in our everyday lives at the Fear Warrior Blog (www.JerushaAgen.com/blog) and shares adorable photos of her Furry Fear Warriors (three big dogs and two little cats) on social media. Visit Jerusha at www.JerushaAgen.com and connect with her on Facebook (@JerushaAgenAuthor) Twitter (@SDGwords), Pinterest (@JerushaAgen), and Instagram (@jerushaagen).
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THE PROTECTOR by Jerusha Amen
When trafficking survivor Tamara agrees to share her story at an awareness event, she doesn’t realize that her decision might cost her life. As an unknown killer tries to silence her, a handsome stranger shows up, determined to save her from harm…But who will protect Tamara’s heart?
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