Genesis 41:46-57; 1 Corinthians 4:8-21; Mark 3:7-19a
Kristie and Danny Ward went on a mission trip to the Philippines, then heard the call to go back permanently, founding Naomi’s Heart Mission. They sold all they had and left family and friends and the church they loved to do as God bid. People must have thought they were crazy, but now, they feed lugaw and the gospel to crowds of children two and three times a day.
Joseph became a missionary against his will. He was content in his father’s house but his brothers—and God—had other plans for him. He became God’s wise fool in the land of Egypt, sparing the earth from famine through the interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream. While he was gathering food those seven years, people must have thought he was “out of his mind.”
The disciples whom Jesus called, left family and vocation, and must have been ridiculed by friends for following their itinerant rabbi. Later, when they were expected to feed crowds, they likely thought themselves witless. Yet, by the wisdom of God, these foolish men served multitudes.
Where has God called you? Where has he placed you—even by circumstances beyond your own choosing? Go and feed.
Prayer: Lord God, give me the courage to be a fool for Christ’s sake. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.