This week I had the privilege of being inconvenienced. My entire schedule and plans were laid aside to parent another family’s seven children. The father had to go through an unexpected surgery, the mother was five months pregnant with their eighth child, and they live miles and miles away from their families of origin.
But this is my family, sharing the same heavenly Father and preparing to spend eternity together. So no matter how difficult it was to lay aside what was on my agenda, it was a call of God and I had no other option but to say “Yes.”
Was this an easy thing to do? Heck, no! It meant postponing so many things that I thought were priorities and needed to be done. But there was a great need in our body and the Bible calls us to “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).
We posted a picture on Facebook of their children and ours having dinner together to share with this mother and father while they were at the hospital. When my biological sister saw it, she called me a saint. I detested that at first, saying that it’s what anyone would have done. But then I decided to look up the word. “Saint” is defined as a person of great holiness, virtue, or benevolence (dictionary.reference.com). I believe this should describe everyone who calls Jesus Christ Savior and Lord.
As Christians, God is calling on us to do what may not seem normal to the average Joe. He desires not only to interrupt our schedules, but that His life shining in and through us would interrupt and transform our lives in such a way that others would want to know what drives us! This will give us an opportunity to give testimony of Christ and His redemption to a seeking world. God’s agenda will probably not coincide with our daily tasks or bullet point lists we feel need to be accomplished.
This same sister and my brothers (and nieces and nephews) are currently caring for my dying father. They have scheduled 24-hour care for him and are available for his every need. They have adjusted their schedules, events, and everyday plans to do the extraordinary in the last days of his earthly life. To me, it is a picture of the love Christ has shown us. I choose not to use the word “saint” but they are what God has called us to be—”servants.”
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).