He Identifies

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  For our sake He made Him to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.  

2 Corinthians 5:20-21

 

 

Father Damien was a Belgian missionary to Hawaii who planted churches on the island of Molokai over 150 years ago.  He planted several churches on the main part of the island. 

 

However, he planted one church on a remote part of the island, accessible only by jumping from an almost sheer cliff or by boating across the open ocean.  On that almost deserted peninsula was a leper colony, populated by diseased men and women who had been banished from their homes and society. 

 

Father Damien felt the call of God to serve these outcasts of society.  With his own hands, he built a church for them and helped them create a society for themselves – even helping them build houses.  He lived among them, serving them any way he could. 

 

Father Damien lived among the lepers for fifteen years.  One day, when cooking a meal, he spilled boiling water on his foot, only to realize he felt no pain.  He purposely poured more boiling water on his foot, but, again, he felt nothing.  This could only mean that he, too, had leprosy.

 

On Sunday, Father Damien abandoned his normal greeting of “My fellow believers”.  From that point on, he addressed his friends as “My fellow lepers.”  He had in every way become one of them, even sharing in their greatest pain.  

 

As you consider the temptations, trials, and tests you are facing today, bring them to Jesus.  He identifies with your hardship and suffering and He cares for you!

 

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!