A Change of Heart
As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3: 27-28 (NRSV)
At their farewell luncheon for KyungMo Koo, from Maryland, they were celebrating his first five years of ministry in the United States, when the group was surprised by George, who spoke. He was a retired businessman who had always sat quietly with his wife in the very last pew of the church building. That day, in a shaky voice, George said something that touched every heart there: "Pastor Koo, in five years you have made us cry twice. The first time was five years ago, when we received news that we were getting a Korean pastor. The second time is today, the day that you and your family leave us. The first were tears of worry and disappointment about getting our first cross-cultural/cross-racial pastor; now they are tears of love and sadness as we see you and your family go." Not long after Pastor Koo left, George passed away.
His words became great motivation and encouragement for Pastor Koo in his ministry. As is written in today's quoted verse from Galatians - despite our prejudice, differences, and anxiety, we are all one in Christ Jesus. Still today, George reminds us that God's ministry is not filled by words but rather when we meet heart to heart in Christ's love.
Prayer: Dear Father, remind us that through your power we can overcome all worldly hurdles to minister to others. Thank you for sending us Pastor Jacob and his family, in Jesus' name, amen.