Posted: April 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

When I think of Haiti and its struggles and challenges I can’t help but think of the words of Jesus:

A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary.  John 10:10,11

When I consider the struggles, challenges, and battles that we face here, they are fought in our attempt to restore back to the people that which has been stolen from them and which holds them in the terrible grasp of spiritual, mental, and physical poverty. When I think of the tears we cry, and the energy, time and resources and emotions we spend, it is on behalf of those to whom God has called us to show and tell His love. When I think of the days, weeks, months, and years given, I see them as wise investments into a kingdom not made with hands or obtained by money.


Let’s look at Jesus’ words to the disciples in John 4: 35

You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.

Jesus tells the disciples to look and by looking they would then know that the harvest is ready to be harvested.  There is a connection between seeing and knowing.  It is possible to know something mentally or intellectually but still not see it.  It is possible to read of the horrific condition of a tent city and to know they exist but still not really know what the conditions are and how the people live until you see it.

Jesus first tells the disciples to “wake up and look around.” It could be possible to pass the harvest field daily and not know it is ready to be harvested because they didn’t see or weren’t looking or weren’t paying attention.  So Jesus tells them to “wake up.”

There is a ‘seeing‘ that leads to ‘knowing’ that connects to ‘giving‘ and that finds its beginning and end in ‘dying, living, and being.’

Paul in Ephesian 1:18 writes

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.  NIV

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.  NLT

It is when the eyes of our hearts are opened that we can then know and when we know we can see and then it is decision time.  I would like to takes a few words of this scripture and then add some of my own:

I pray that our hearts will be flooded with light that we will understand, that we will see, that we will know that our lives are not our own and our divine privilege and responsibility is to serve God and His purpose with all of our lives and that we will do whatever  is necessary and required to live such lives. Father, Father, Father open the eyes of our hearts.

The main problem with having your eyes opened is what to do with your new sight and knowledge.  Perhaps you already know what it is to bother people with your new found passion or perhaps you know what it is to be bothered by some who have tried to share their passion with you.  It can be frustrating and discouraging and we can easily slip or even dive into casting judgments toward those that can’t or don’t or won’t see.  And we discover that we  then concentrate on doing, accomplishing, giving, going, rather than being. We must see and know and become convinced that our effectiveness in doing is connected to our passion to be Christlike.

After some time many will grow weary of trying to help others see and slowly will lose sight themselves.  When this happens many will lose.

So what to do?  First we need to pray and we need to concentrate on what we should be doing rather than on what others could be doing.  We need to be faithful to what God has asked us to do.  We must understand  that a life lived this way can often be a lonely life. You may find yourself walking alone at times.  You may find that things you once did you can no longer do because your time and resources are spent differently.  You will have to let go of things that aren’t bad, but are not conducive to what God has asked of you.  You may discover that the expectations of your culture and peers no longer matter as much.  You may discover that being successful defined by your culture no longer matters.  You may find yourself living a life with less but richer in His glorious inheritance.

I can’t help but think of the well known words of Jim Elliot

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.

And of Jesus In Matthew 16: 24-26

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?

Father open our eyes that we may see and know.

John McHoul

  1. Paul Beltis says:

    Thank you brother for helping to open my eyes a bit more. Particularly powerful as we sit so comfortably in Southern California while you & Beth, Troy & Tara, Bill & Susette, and so many others are really living the words of Jesus every day in Haiti.

  2. Allison Garrett says:

    Thank you. Reading this on my way to worship. I needed it to prepare my heart this morning. I will be praying for you and the Heartline family this morning. Love to Haiti from Kentucky.

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