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Day #5 – The Lasting Fruitfulness of Greater Love

Friday, November 15th, 2013

John 15:9-17 (NIV)

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit-fruit that will last-and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.

Reflection:

“I’m just a little preacher in the dirt. I’m just a servant in the dirt. I just sit with the people in the dirt, with the poor. Nothing special.” These are the words that Heidi Baker shares about herself in an interview. She and her husband, Rolland Baker, are missionaries in Mozambique. Their lives have embodied the obedience to God’s love which goes hand-in-hand with sacrifice, remaining in his love as they have kept the Lord’s command to love each other.

She continues to share in the interview, “So He just took me to a nation where I knew nothing…He sat me with the poor. In fact, I’ve been sitting with the poor for over 20 years. I went with nothing. In three days, I ran out of food for myself. I had no place to lay my head. And God told me to never to ask for anything….to just believe Him and watch what He would do. And I was crying out for the Lord for what to do. He said to just sit with the poor, love the poor, take in the dying children. I said, Well, I don’t even have a place to sleep. And the Lord touched this missionary who was going to the North and she gave me her apartment. She asked me to please stay there, and sleep here since I need someone to watch my house. Please just eat the food or the rats will get it. So I stayed in this place for six weeks. I was learning the language on the streets and sitting with the poor. God started to show me the children. He told me, ‘Love the children. Take in the children. See the face.’ So I took them in….hundreds of them.  I got very tired because it was such a challenge… But I said, ‘Jesus I love you.’”

She simply concludes the interview by stating, “I’ll never go back. I’ll live in the secret place. My greatest desire is to live for Jesus and to die for Jesus, and to bring in hundreds of thousands and hundreds of thousands for His kingdom.”

Responding to the Word:

We are no more than Heidi Baker shared - a little preacher, a servant in the dirt. As Heidi and her husband have laid down their lives not withholding anything from the Lord in His love, God has given back in an abundance that is not only fruitful, but eternal. May we love as we have been loved by God, laying down our life for a friend. May His love consume us. We have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit, fruit that will last in this world. As we come out of the ashes of our lives and follow Jesus, whatever we ask in his name the Father will give us. Let’s humbly ask that the Lord would use us as He desires.

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Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Day #3 – A Time Is Coming!

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Day #2 – “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.”

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Day #1 - “From now on…”

Monday, November 11th, 2013