Cheering On the Least
The theme was A New Hallelujah. Something is taking place; is about to break for the glory of Jesus throughout the world.
In the title song Michael names a number of locations around the globe and the continent that are ripe for revival. The pace was upbeat. But when he named Houston, the homecrowd exploded in cheers and applause. Not for China or for Africa, but for Houston.
Listening to the recording, my spirit went clunk. We in North America appear so self-absorbed. It is all about the Home Team. "Yeah we have it all together. Our programs and opportunities are the best. Jesus is glorified here. What a comfort to have the goods."
I know...I KNOW that the Saviour saves His applause for the day when we set aside self and cheer for the least. We cheer for their need; we cheer for their opened ears; we cheer for their baby steps; we cheer for their adolescence in the faith; we cheer for their full discipleship."
And here is the kicker. As we come to know some of these remote areas we will realize that their straightened circumstances have given them spiritual hunger and thirst that makes our outlook and efforts suddenly pathetic and small.