Since 1995, Rolland and Heidi Baker lived in Mozambique, one of the poorest nations of the world. They lead Iris Global, a ministry dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor. Since 1990, the ministry has planted more than 7,000 “bush churches,” five Bible schools and four children’s feeding centers. One day, Heidi had a vision where Jesus showed her thousands of children to feed; when she exclaimed that it was impossible to help them all, Jesus said “There will always be enough, because I died.”
This is an excerpt from her devotional “Reckless Devotion”
When you are a child, you do not expect to plan your own life, find your own nourishment, be wholly responsible for everything. It is the same for children of God. We have a loving Father who wants and expects to take care of us.
We are His children, and here He is, holding His arms wide, asking us to trust Him to lead us and provide for us. I don’t lay awake at night worrying how I will feed all the children we care for. Why? Because they belong to our heavenly Father. That means I am free to do anything, go anywhere, as long as I know He is leading me. Before anything else, beloved, we are His children.
Do you know that because you are His child, you are free? Free to love as many or as few as He calls you to love, free to clean toilets or climb on a plane, free to do anything He wants you to do. We are free to serve the One who is worthy, in any way He chooses, even unto death (see Philippians 2:8).
We can give our lives away with great joy and peace, knowing we are losing nothing.
The pressures of modern living are many and varied. While we focus on those pressures and demands, we will never be free. Learn to focus on Jesus. Watch Him. Listen to Him. Gradually, the background noise will subside, and the load will be lifted from your shoulders. Three-year-olds going on a family road trip don’t suddenly shout, “Wait, Mom, Dad! Do we have enough fuel? Have you checked the tire pressure?” They just enjoy the ride. You don’t have to worry about who you are, where you are going or how you are going to get there. Father has it all in hand.