Every night in Haiti on the balcony of the Coreluv guesthouse our staff will lead each visiting team in a nightly devotion. It is a time intended for everyone to be able to unplug from the activities of the day to reflect upon Jesus. We almost always pose this question, "Where did you see Jesus today?" This is a loaded question asked to a bunch of privileged Americans (myself included) who have just had their hearts ripped out by what they saw in the course of their time with us. Finding Jesus is not difficult in Haiti. Even on days that seem extra long and tiresome, RARELY, do we skip our nightly devotions. I appreciate this about our organization and especially my husband's heart to keep us focused.
Coreluv is NOT a non-profit organization known for feeding and caring for orphans ONLY. If that were the case, we'd be no different than any other humanitarian organization that has aligned their hands with the sole purpose of bettering our world. Nothing against those organizations, and the positive contribution they have made, but that is not the only thing God has placed Coreluv here to do. We are, and will ALWAYS be, lovers of JESUS first before anything else. We will not be ashamed of that. It is through our devotion to Him, where He in return, places a compassion within us to love the world. The people group that He's specifically asked us to serve is of course, the orphan. How much GREATER our love is for them when we keep Jesus in His rightful place!
My husband and I love what John chapter twenty-one (verses 15-17) portrays about keeping our priorities in line. As you read it, try to listen and visualize with your heart the picture Jesus paints. When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, DO YOU LOVE ME MORE THAN THESE?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." He said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John, DO YOU LOVE ME?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, DO YOU LOVE ME?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep."
John chapter twenty-one has been a staple for Coreluv. A passage we've looked into and discussed many times while on the balcony in Haiti. What a powerful portion of scripture. Jesus pressed Peter over and over as if to find out where on the barometer of his heart his devotion to God would lie. Was Peter's aim only to feed and clothe the sheep?
We passionately believe that Jesus was drilling home a great point for us. That no matter how many GOOD things we do IN, and FOR the world, and no matter how many children we feed and clothe, our ONE THING must be Him.
And out of our ONE THING, God can do MORE with us than we could ever do by ourselves! So when determining where our devotion to God will rest within the spectrum of His purpose for our lives, may our hearts be quick to live these words...
"Yes, Lord WE LOVE YOU first and foremost, and from your love alone, we will feed your sheep!"
No matter what we attempt in our lives, we'll never be totally satisfied unless we keep our one thing our "ONE THING!" If you've gotten busy in the sea of daily living and have found yourself drifting further away from God, I pray you'd be encouraged and challenged to return to center. Jesus is there and He's the one thing you'll never regret placing first!
Posted on Tue, December 16, 2014
by Mandy Reiszner filed under