Aren’t We All Called to the Gospel?
“If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and we are raised again.” 2 Corinthians 5:13-15
The ”thank you, I appreciate you, I could never do that”- I know God calls us all to different things in different places. But when I hear this phrase in regards to human trafficking I think, “aren’t we all called to the gospel?”
We don’t go out every week to “feel good”, it’s to bring God glory and to make Him famous in the streets of Detroit. Most nights I am praying for our friends on the street and wondering if they are safe. I am hoping they have eaten. I pray for the women we have seen and I wonder about those we did not.
I know we aren’t all called to work with victims of human trafficking, but that doesn’t mean that those who are not, can ignore it. It is not a third world issue. It is slavery that is occurring right in our own backyard. God is a god of justice and freedom, and He compels us all to set the captives free.
Since I have been on outreach, God has taught me that loving like He loves is not always easy. But this has been the purest form of the gospel Jesus talks about in Matthew 25; “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me”. It has refined my ideas of what love truly is and brought me back to the foot of the cross, which is how I need to be defining love.
Our friends don’t realize how desperately loved they are by a savior that died for them two thousand years ago. However, through prayer and consistency and food, it begins to break down their walls that they have built up to Jesus.
God is alive and still working today, even in the heart of the most broken and run down areas and people. Human trafficking is not a problem just for those who are called to the ministry, it is a call for all. There is work to be done and people who are in desperate need of the same freedom that you and I have.
Rachel Cooper: I have known and loved Jesus since I was 14 years old. I am a registered nurse in Detroit. I have been a part of the AWOL outreach team for a little over a year now. I am getting married in May, 2016. I love adventure and travelling.