Mother Teresa was teaching history to the daughters of the wealthy in Kolkata. Then one day she heard a clear message from God to follow Christ into the slums – to actually live there — and to serve him among the poorest of the poor.
“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” – Mother Teresa
Alone. She moved into the slums of Kolkata where she began visiting her neighbors in order to learn about their needs. It became obvious that the children needed to learn to read and to do basic math. So she opened a school.
Still Alone. But not alone for long.
Remember those wealthy young girls to whom she had taught history? Well, they saw Jesus working through her. They saw her life as relevant! And they joined her in the slums. With Mother Teresa guiding them, they started taking in orphans, abandoned children, alcoholics, the sick, the aging, the dying, and street people.
For forty years Mother Teresa lived and worked in the slums. After Mother Teresa’s death, Pope John Paul II spoke accurately when he called her “one of the most relevant personalities of our age” and her life “a bold proclamation of the gospel.”
Dream with me for a moment. What are you doing these days? The equivalent of teaching history to rich kids? That’s Great! Now can you take those skills and gifts that God has given you to an even higher level? How can you stretch them in service to those in need? It is here that you will become relevant.
Mother Teresa, knowing Christ had gone before her, started alone. And she started by moving into the neighborhood where God had called her and visiting one neighbor and asking what they needed.
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa
In this very day, your life can stop focusing on the unimportant things that seem so gosh darn important and become relevant. You too can be a bold proclamation of the gospel.
Dear God, Make us relevant. Give us the wisdom to know where we are truly needed. Then give us the power to be your hands and feet. Even if we have to do it alone. Amen.
April describes herself as a Red Letter Christian who writes about scripture and spiritual disciplines. See her latest book, James in the Suburbs: The Disorderly Parable of the Epistle of James. Great for an individual read or group Bible studies! You can follow her blog by clicking on the three dots in upper right hand of this page and scrolling down.