In a service recently we were singing the old Indian hymn ‘I Have Decided to Follow Jesus’. However, somehow the person who prepared the PowerPoint got the lyrics mixed up. Instead of singing:
“The world behind me, the cross before me;”
We were actually singing:
“The world before me, the cross behind me;”
Realising the mistake, the song leader led us into singing the right lyric. We all laughed about it and the service moved on. But as I reflected, I saw a significant truth to the ‘wrong’ lyric.
The cross is indeed behind us. However, it’s not far behind us or a fond memory from the past. It is in fact, quite close, a daily reality. Why? Because the cross is on our shoulders – after all, didn’t Christ say we were to take up our cross and follow him?
And carrying that cross, we walk into the world before us. Not of the world, but definitely in it. With the weight of the cross ever-present, we see the world through new eyes. Its brokenness, depravity and need no longer hidden from us. And there, on our back, we carry hope for new life.
Over the last couple of months, I have reflected on Jesus’ parable of the Hidden Treasure. Last month, I talked about how all too often we bury the treasure of the Kingdom, hiding it from those around us. Today it is time to reflect on how we can dig up the treasure of the Kingdom, sharing it with all.
Our team overseas reveals the treasure of the Kingdom in various ways. Freedom from slavery through business. Transforming minds through education. Partnering with local believers to bring economic development in impoverished areas. Seeking transformation as we pray into dark places. And, in all of our fields, we witness to Christ, retelling His Good News and calling people to follow Him.
How are you uncovering the treasure of the Kingdom, in both word and deed, in the fields you are working in? I would love to hear your stories too!
- Andrew Page (Tranzsend Team Leader)