A few years ago I travelled to Rome with my family. One of the first things we noticed was the crazy, never-ending traffic. There didn’t seem to be any definite rules to how people drove or where people parked. We were nervous and cautious about crossing the roads until we observed the locals. When they wanted to cross they boldly stepped out into traffic. Miraculously cars would slow down, stop or make way for the pedestrians. We quickly joined them, crossing the street with the experts. Eventually, we grew brave enough to cross unassisted.
Baptist Mission Australia’s theme for May Mission Month is, “Crossing the Street.” For some, it may seem daunting. How do we step into an unfamiliar place or speak to people we don’t know? How do we move from the place we are to the place we need to be to share the gospel? How do we cross that street?
We do it by watching an expert then walking with them. Jesus crossed many streets. He spoke with sinners, healed lepers, taught women and men equally. He drew enemies, yes, but beyond that he drew those he encountered into the opportunity for an everlasting relationship with God. He helped the lost cross the street to salvation.
As you move about your community I encourage you to think about those around you, pray for them, look for opportunities to engage in simple ways, following Jesus across the street.
Prayer: Continue to pray for the Hutchinson family who have recently returned to Cambodia for their second term. Pray that God continues to meet their needs and directs their path as they serve Him and the Khmer people.
Please feel free to contact me or check out baptistmissionaustralia.org for excellent May Mission Month resources.