September 22, 2013 “Engage … Sacrificing Like Jesus”
ILLUSTRATION – Rick Warren is the pastor of the Saddleback Church in southern California. He and his wife Kay were hit with a devastating tragedy a few months ago when their son Matthew committed suicide. Last week Rick and Kay Warren granted an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN and they talked about the ordeal. If you didn’t get a chance to watch it, I encourage you to find it online. There were many things they said that were helpful to families dealing with this issue mental illness and suicide, but one thing Rick said relates to what we’re talking about these days. In describing the journey they been on for the last several months Rick said, “The last phase of grief recovery is service. You begin to use your pain to help others.”
What an important word for all of us to hear. Many of people are locked away in a depressed, self-loathing world, and all they can think about is themselves. And believers are not exempt. As we deal with our own pain, heartaches and suffering, we know we’re recovering when we use what we’ve been through to help others. And Jesus is our supreme example in this, as He is in all things. Turn in your Bibles to Matthew 20 to a passage that I have referred to often in this series I’ve entitled “Engage … An Urgent Call to On-Mission Living.” Follow along as I read Matthew 20:20-28.