Focus 40 Day 13: Extreme Living—Reaching through the Danger
Prayer Focus: Pray God will help you reach lost/dislocated people – Luke 15
Extreme Living—Reaching through the Danger
Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
—John 13:1 (RSV)
I SERVE IN BERLIN, GERMANY, with some of the bravest ministers in the church today. They carry the message of Jesus to some of the most broken margins of our community. These are the women who serve in the ministry of Café Neustart, and they pour out their lives daily as an act of worship to drug addicts and prostitutes on Kurfürstenstraße.
The stories of how the message of Jesus impacts the lives on “K Street” are incredible. They are stories of danger, stories of women who step into the perilous world of human sex-trafficking to share a story of hope, forgiveness, and freedom.
The Biblical narrative is packed with stories of danger. They may not always be filled with the threat of certain violence, but they are most definitely filled with way-outside-of-your-comfort-zone moments.
The Israelites certainly had plenty of stories of danger, but their lead story was that of the Passover (Ex 12): certain death avoided by the blood of a sacrifice. They would tell it to their children and retell it generation after generation who relied on that narrative when times got tough. Inevitably, new stories of danger would emerge.
Our story of danger is the death and resurrection of Jesus. Early followers told and lived by this story, just as followers today are called to do, like the heroic women of Neustart, and a multitude of others who bravely share this dangerous and timeless story throughout the world.
Father, I (may) have a choice to live life safely today or to live out stories that you will write which may lead me outside of my comfort zone. Today grant me the courage to live the story! Amen.
Rev. Kelly Philips, Church of God Missionary to Germany