Loosing Your Lifeby David Vanderpool on 12/06/11
"He who pursues his own life will lose it. He who loses his life for my sake will gain everything."
I know a medical missionary who was traveling to a village in northern Mozambique to provide medical care and preach the Gospel to a predominantly Muslim tribe there. When the medical team came to the tribes' boundary, the chief arrested them and put them in jail because he knew they were Christian and would preach Jesus to his people. The chief and his henchmen continually ?red their AK-47's into the air and poked the medical team in their chests with the hot barrels. This and other abuse continued into the night. As their situation became more desperate, the team decided to start singing and praying, worshipping God with all their energy. As the sun came up and the team thought that they would be killed, the chief came to them and said that he would release them if they agreed to provide medical care in his village and treat his wives and children. Of course, this was the reason they came to this tribe in the ?rst place, so they agreed. Throughout the day, they worked to treat the sick and alleviate the suffering of
the dying. As night fell, the team put up a movie screen to show "The Jesus Film". When the chief asked them what they were doing, they explained that they wanted to tell the people about Jesus' saving grace, instead of throwing them back in jail, he approved.
Now this village has a church, the chief is a believer and many of the people have come to the Lord.
Whose life are you pursuing?