Sometimes the greatest feeling in the world is having mud in between your toes. Why? It’s because you know you’re taking it like a man and getting dirty is not going to stop you.
You understand the risks of riding a motorbike through a jungle in a third world country. You know the rainy season makes travel difficult and fords, rivers and bridges become dangerous. You know it takes endurance to travel for hours through village after village in the summer heat. You know the bugs will be annoying and the food will probably give you diarrhea. But you know that it is absolutely necessary to pray for the places and people you see. Because you realize that the thousands of people all around you in the entire region have never heard the name of Jesus.
John Piper said that “Missions exists because worship does not”. The ultimate aim of our salvation is to bring about the glory, worship and satisfaction of God to every creature on earth. Yet the average Christian spends their entire life trying to keep their feet from getting dirty.
We are too busy managing our blessings. Our religious programs, institutions and activities take precedence over the stinky homeless guy on the corner. We’d rather play a guitar on stage than pray with the meth addict downtown. We’d rather prepare sermons, plan conferences and launch churches than love the lost, disciple people, teach them to obey and empower them to start churches as they go.
I’m not even going to mention missions and the lack of global awareness. I’m not even going to talk about the money we don’t give or the people we don’t send to the neediest, most populated and most unreached parts of the world. We don’t have time to think about “over there” when there is so much to do “over here”.
Honestly, I don’t even have time for this retarded blog but I write because I’m passionate about mobilizing people. I want to see more muddy feet. The nastier the feet the more beautiful they are…according to Romans 10:15. So how dirty are your feet?