Archive for April, 2012

So What Do You Do?

Posted in Uncategorized on April 7, 2012 by Luke Summey

Matthew 6 says this,

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 And the question that we have to ask is, “What do you do?” It’s a beautiful idea, “Oh yay, God is always going to take care of me.” but do we really believe that? Actually, more importantly since so many of us think we do, do we really act on that and live it? When Christ sent out the 70 in pairs in Luke 10, he told them to not even take a money bag with them. Would we actually do that if God had instructed us to go on a journey? Would we go without a plan B? It sounds lovely to have that kind of faith and many of us think that in a hypothetical situation that we would do it because we felt God behind us. But what happens when the world is against us? What happens when the world is shouting our doubts at us?

1 Corinthian 1 say, “25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”  When everything looks like a foolish decision, are we really going to choose it? When the situation looks weak and broken are we going to press on anyway? When we are weak and broken will we? Do we really know that God is powerfully Lord over our situations even then? Do we act on it?

So what do you do? When God tells you to do something insane and everyone tells you you’re a fool do you press forward anyway?

Is your heart so in tune with and rested in the Holy Spirit that you can trust Him even then?
Is mine?

 

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That All May Know

Posted in Uncategorized on April 4, 2012 by Luke Summey

I just read 1 Kings 8:41-43

41 “Likewise, when a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, comes from a far country for your name’s sake 42 (for they shall hear of your great name and your mighty hand, and of your outstretched arm), when he comes and prays toward this house,43 hear in heaven your dwelling place and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to you, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your people Israel, and that they may know that this house that I have built is called by your name.”

Oh that All people may know Him.

Our last several days back home were incredible. We got to spend wonderful time with local Christians and meet some of their Muslim friends and have really good conversations with them. For a group coming from Hawaii who are familiar with Daoism, Buddhism, and other Eastern beliefs, a week in the thick of the Muslim world was a lot. It was an eye opening experience. Every member of the team has told me on more than one occasion that they want to go back. They fell in love with Arab people and culture. It made my heart happy.

Our day in New York was spent in two manners: 1) sleeping for 6 hours on the cold granite floor of JFK airport which was followed by 2) walking around time square, seeing the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Central Park and Korean war memorial starting at 3 am and working our way into the morning.

Our Day in Dallas was spent with the wonderful Laci Reid. She is a dear Aunti of mine who used to live back home and has been a strong influence in my life. It was wonderful to spend the day with her. It was also wonderful to miss the tornadoes that struck the city by less than a days worth of time.

One of my favorite quotes by the team went something along the lines of this, “The people we spent our time with were all wonderful. LA, New York, Jordan, Dallas… everyone we met was incredible. God taught us just as much if not more than we were able to teach.”

God has plans for everyone affected by this trip, both here in Hawaii and elsewhere. Pray that the Lord of the Harvest would send out Laborers into the Harvest.