Dear Church Family
I love to read the writings of Heidi Baker, as I'm so often moved, challenged and inspired. She continues to lead a most remarkable work of the Lord in Mozambique. I'm presently re-reading her book 'Compelled by Love'. Here's an extract:
God once gave me a profound vision of a wedding feast. There was the most delicious food set out in every direction, as far as the eye could see. The wedding feast was perfectly set and ready, but the church was lulled asleep.
Jesus said, "Wake up, sleeping beauty! Wake up, sleeping beauty!" I saw Him kiss His bride on the forehead and wake her up. Then I saw as the Lord Jesus stood on this huge mountain of garbage. There He and I were dancing together among all those with bloated bellies, bruised bodies, and worms coming out of their toes and stomachs.
Jesus and I went around to touch each one. As we laid our hands on them, their bellies became flat. As we touched their feet, their sores closed and healed. Jesus took away their filthy, tattered rags. Then He placed beautiful robes of gold, silver, purple, red, and blue on them.
Everyone arose out of the garbage, singing and dancing, and they followed Jesus into the wedding feast. He showed them the beautiful food and said, "You get to sit at the front."
This is the way it should be. No one should have to live outside under a bridge. No one must be required to scavenge in the garbage for something to eat of to wear. No one should be so hungry that why have to live with a bloated belly. No one should starve to death.
But to feast at His table, we need to fully understand who we are, church. Like these African children, we scavenge like orphans when, in fact, the Father has already declared, "I want you. I love you. Come home to My feast. It is time to eat" ...
...The poor taught me how to hunger for God and to take spiritual communion. He invites us to eat and to drink of Jesus so that we become full. Just as we depend on food for our physical nourishment, we also need to depend on Jesus for the spiritual nourishment of our lives. We must feed on Him daily. Only then will we have fresh bread from heaven that we need to give to both the spiritually and naturally hungry.
May each of us use the summer months to be awakened to daily feed on Christ. He wants to satisfy our hunger. And he wants us to give us fresh bread not just for us to enjoy, but to give to a world starving for the bread of life.