By Patrick Hawthorne,
Ok, this is far and away from my normal posts. However, it is something that is weighing heavy on me. Each of us who follow Jesus as Lord and Savior have our own particular gifts and callings. We each have a path that we are called to travel.
Please, please, please do not try to guilt others into walking your path. Yes, we are each called to walk in love, but this does not mean we are called to walk in each others shoes.
For instance, I support missionaries who travel many parts of this world. However, if I were to go on the mission field, I would be a “Went One,” and not a “Sent One.” I’m not called to the foreign missions field and have no desire to go into the foreign missions field. Yet, I have a great passion for supporting those who are called to go.
I have read a few post where the author is more or less trying to guilt the readers into having their same passions for the lost and the hurting. The bullet they discharge is, “What would Jesus do?” Well, for one thing He would never employ guilt and shame as a tactic to win us over to His way of thinking.
Yes, we are called to love. Yes, we are called to help the hurting. And yes, we are called to take care of those less fortunate. However, the path for me fulfilling that call may be in a total different direction than your path. Whatever path we take, we can be assured that they will eventually wind up at the same destination. Be blessed.