What a privilege it has been these past two weeks to witness what God is doing around the world through our community’s Global Partnership Emphasis. We have been blessed to hear from two wonderful guest speakers and to hear directly from the Brunes and Andersons—two of our Global Partners. As we approach the final week of our GP Emphasis, I am reminded that one of the reasons we encourage one another to support our Global Partners is because they can’t do this alone. We humans are feeble creatures who desperately need help and when we attempt things in our own strength, we fail miserably. God has given us this profound gift of community that enables us to do so much more than we could on our own. He has given each of us different gifts of generosity, encouragement, hospitality, and numerous other gifts to build up His body. Yet, even in community, we still fall short because we are still a community of frail beings.
How wonderful it is, though, that we have Someone who is greater. He is the One who not only is greater than our individual shortcomings but who is greater than our community’s shortcomings. He is the “Word [that] became flesh, and lived among us and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Let us rejoice in our First and True Global Partner. Let us rejoice in Jesus!
So as we come to this final week of our GP Emphasis, let us look to Him who being God, chose to empty himself, “taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men (Phil. 2:7).” Jesus has already come and is coming again. He has been, is currently, and will continue to work through His Spirit in all parts of the world. Even though He really doesn’t need us, He has given us this incredible gift of being able to partner with Him in his work- whether it be through prayer, financial participation, practical/emotional support, being sent, or mobilizing. Jesus is already working; all we have to do is join Him.