Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in the appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:5-8
We’re often asked what we will be doing in Prague. “What’s your job description? Actually, we do have job descriptions. They’re even broken down into percentages of time that we will be spending in the various jobs we will be doing. They could be described as a broad-brush, general view of our lives in Prague, day by day, week by week. But I have a sneaky suspicion that few of our days will fit the general template. Life is full of the unpredictable, unplanned, and unexpected. So how do we prepare for our work in the field?
Rather than focusing on our tasks, Nancy and I are praying about our hearts. We want hearts that love Jesus, love our other team members, and love the Czech people. Paul’s words come back to us again and again. “If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” Tasks are easy; the love Paul is talking about is supernatural.
I mentioned in a previous post that Nancy and I have been reading B. B. Warfield. We ran into a few paragraphs the other day that I would like to share. They were devastating to read and even more devastating to meditate on. We quickly realized that this is our true job description. This is the life that Christ has called us to live.
Self-sacrifice brought Christ into the world. And self-sacrifice will lead us, His followers, not away from but into the midst of men. Whenever men suffer, there will we be to comfort. Wherever men strive, there will we be to help. Wherever men fail, there will we be to uplift. Wherever men succeed, there will we be to rejoice. Self-sacrifice means not indifference to our times and our fellows; it means absorption in them. It means forgetfulness of self in others. It means entering into every man’s hopes and fears, longings and despairs; it means many-sidedness of spirit, multiform activity, multiplicity of sympathies. It means richness of development. It means not that we should live one life, but a thousand lives, binding ourselves to a thousand souls by the filaments of so loving a sympathy that their lives become ours. It means that all the experiences of men shall smite our souls and shall beat and batter these stubborn hearts of ours into fitness for their heavenly home. . . We cannot be self-consciously self-forgetful, selfishly unselfish. Only when we humbly walk this path, seeking truly in it not our own things but those of others, we shall find the promise true, that he who loses his life shall find it.