We Christians know that, in God, all our needs are met. He is sufficient for us, the source of all true and everlasting happiness. In Christ we are made complete—not because of physical and material blessings, but because of who He is, and who we are in Him.
However, like the prodigal son, we can miss the point and lose sight. We can have the presence of the Father yet, for whatever reason, think that is not enough; we want to feel good and receive praise and compliments. We search for apparently ‘successful’ people at the top and want to join their club.
For years, we have heard of the growth and potential of the Church in the Global South. Christians from all over the world set high expectations for this new church and eagerly wait for those dreams to come true. As a Brazilian-born Latino working with mobilisation for the last 18 years, let me assure you: the whole OM team in Latin America wants to be part of the action in seeing vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the least reached. Our people are committed and willing to sacrifice to see this happen.
Because we are of the same family—the body of Christ—I ask you to pray for our Latino brothers and sisters and for the Church in the Global South. The pressure to succeed is huge: we don’t want to lose face, disappoint others, or appear incompetent and disorganised. Like anyone, we like to feel accepted and valued, we like compliments and want to be loved. We want to sit at the table of the successful as equals. Can you see the potential risks?
Every day, we risk becoming lost in our quest for happiness and acceptance. Who wants to be a loser? We are put on the spot. I’m sure God wants to use us to accomplish His purposes, but Satan will tempt us to do spectacular things to entertain or please others and feed our egos, diverting us from God’s mission as he tried to do when tempting Jesus (Matt. 4).
More than anything else in our mobilisation activities (strategy, finance, people, knowledge), we need God. First and foremost, we need to hear from Him. God’s strategies are inexplicable yet unbeatable. His timing seems to be always late, yet unmistakable. The people He chooses to perform a task are often doubtful, yet so far I have not seen anyone that He cannot use—even those that don’t know him (Isaiah 45).
May God help us to remember that we were called to obey Him and not to prove ourselves, and that we are already loved by Him, no matter what. May our activities be motivated by love for God and for people, not for a desire to be accepted by others. May our love for God and our compassion for the lost be so deep and real that others will be attracted to join God in His mission. May our happiness abound in God alone!
Julio Moromisato has been working with OM since 1998. After serving as the Field Leader in Brazil for eight years, he and his family moved to the USA in 2013. Compelled by the passion to see the gospel reach those that never heard of Jesus, he currently serve as the Latino Ministries Connection Director, an initiative within the USA that presents opportunities for Latinos to join God in His mission. He is also part of the OM Latin America strategic team, serving as a consultant in mobilisation affairs. Julio is married to Gildelia and they have one son, Lucas.
Published: Friday, 25 August 2017
Credit: Julio Moromisato