For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17
There are many things I do not like about the way Aboriginal people groups are dealt with in my country Australia. Remote communities are oppressed with laws and legislations that are designed for ‘white fella’ city culture. The law condemns and crushes the very soul of an ancient and nomadic way of living. It is depressing when you see the thoughtless waste and destruction of so many lives who have become victims to the ‘system’. Our prisons are filled to capacity with black men who made alcohol induced mistakes and became failures to their tribal clans and cursed to exist with their shame. The women are abandoned to try raise their children and keep their communities together as best they can. People are dying of diabetes and kidney / liver disease in great numbers. I thank God for the doctors, nurses and health workers but under a secular government system the education and health care of the indigenous people of Australia has failed greatly. You can’t deal with the physical needs and ignore the spiritual needs. When you speak to the old men and women they will tell you they long for the ‘mission’ days when the people were given so much more than just another government policy or program… They were given the hope of the Gospel and a purpose to live by faith in the creator of all things.
There are no easy answers.. There never will be. And I can’t stand listening to people with an opinion when they have never even been to see for themselves. All I know is the people of the vast desert places of the inland long for a simple hope that comes through knowing Christ and living under the blessing of God’s ways.. not the curse of secular humanism and condemning laws that destroy life. Jesus came to bring us life… not condemnation.
As I raced through the streets of Yuendumu trying to keep up with my mate Leroy last week I knew I didn’t stand a chance.. He laughed his head off looking over his shoulder at the silly cowboy on a kids bike!! But he was blessed that I would have a go and ride around his home town with him.
You and I are called to be a blessing to people. Why? Because Christ in us is the hope of Glory!! The only hope for people in our world. The greatest way we can be a blessing to people is to be about the stuff Christ called us to do. Get out there and live it!!!
I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. Deuteronomy 30: 19-20
Thanks for your support as we seek to be a blessing to the people of Australia.
Pictured: Steve doing his best to keep up with his mate Leroy at Yuendumu.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
I drove over 1,000 kilometres on dusty corrugated dirt roads last week and sold one CD. The stats are not good. But I gave away about 24 CD’s to very grateful Aboriginal people in remote communities like Mutijulu, Docker River and Warburton in Western Australia. It was a few days of endless driving enhanced by some rare moments of encouragement and evangelism.
To be honest… on the books… It does not add up. The financial expense and the sacrifice of time to visit a few remote tribal communities hardly seems worth it.
But why then is it so rich and full? Why then does it matter so much? Why then does the precious message of Jesus permeate every language, every tribe, every race on earth? Because there is no other way for us to know God’s salvation, God’s promises, God’s eternity… than through knowing Jesus. His message is worth every effort we make to love people as He loves people.
This is what I have always loved about the work God called me to over 25 years ago. People matter most. Places matter to God. If you don’t go you will never have the privilege of being part of the miracle of God’s transformation of lives through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love it. Being generous and giving when it doesn’t make sense makes for the best giving of all.
So be generous in your life.. with your time.. with your money and with your opinions.
I found a beautiful old 1963 EK Holden just off the Great Central Road in Western Australia the other day. A beautiful car that never completed the journey. It reminded me.. Don’t waste your life and don’t sit around wondering about the past. Get on with it!!! Be generous with your life.
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
Thanks for your support.
Pictured: A burned out rusty old 1963 EK Holden on the Great Central Road.
Answered prayer can happen in a moment or it can take years and years. There are no quick fix formula’s that guarantee our prayers will be answered immediately.
We live in a world of Krispy Kreme Christianity where flashy fast talking prosperity preachers on TV will assure you of instant results… but like those fresh baked doughnuts that lure you in and smell so good, once you hand over your money and get through the layer of sugar coating you discover theres not much substance. In fact they’ll just make you fat and eventually sick.
Jesus calls us to follow Him and trust Him through the highs and the lows of life, the poverty and the blessings and everything in between. All He ever really calls us to be is faithful and obedient to
the Fathers will, the same things that He chose to do in His years as a man on the earth. He calls us to believe… to have faith… and to expect great things in His Name.
But… He also knows what’s going to be best for us in the long run.
As I held the dry seed pods of a dead desert tree to the sky last week I realised that the future generations of that tree were in those seeds, stored perfectly in little time capsules waiting for the wind, rain or even fire to expose them to the soil in which they would grow. It could be years before those seed pods fulfil their purpose and the seeds become saplings. It could happen in a day or a decade. Just like answered prayer.
Be assured your prayers are heard by a loving and compassionate God.. A God of grace and forgiveness and second chances.
God is faithful to fulfil His work in your life and mine. In His time. Amen.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Don’t develop a Krispy Kreme kind of faith… Grow an organic sustainable faith built on the word of God for all seasons!!!
And don’t stop praying and believing!!!
Pictured: The dried out seed pods of a Desert Tree.