...Read this passage from 1 Corinthians and then consider my thoughts afterwards...
1 Corn 1:26-29
For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.
So, just a thought....Would it be like God to actually use the '3rd world' to help the '1st world'??? Would it be like God to ... use those in Ghana to 'help' those American 'Christians' see the reality of faith lived out. The contrast between your 2 worlds is so great. Could God be using the 'weak' to shame the things of the 'strong'? Yes. Might God use this little church who meets under a tin roof to show that large buildings, big parking lots, and flat screen monitors in the lobby, or granite bathrooms, don't insure that the people inside the building are going to heaven. No man may boast before God!
It is a frightening thought Robin. That many American Christians may be resting in what they 'have' both at home and at church, and NOT in who Jesus is and what He has done. Might Satan be happy to see that the American Church is wealthy and 'comfortable'? This contentment dulls people to the urgency of the gospel. The American Church does need to heed the call to 'Arise!' God may be using these blessed, precious, poor, sick, uneducated 'foolish' people in Ghana to confound the wise. God has chosen the despised. I pray it is so. Be encouraged...
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
Isaiah 58:6a, 7
(A picture from the day we finally opened our Christmas gifts at home - December 26th. We delayed celebrating, so we could minister all day Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This morning was the first time in a very long time Etornam had received a gift - for any reason. She wept. I did too. She was extremely blessed this Christmas, not only by our family, but there was also a family from the US who sent gifts for her and Elyon. What a "first" to feel so loved on Christmas Day.)