Click the link below to watch a video – watch it all the way through.
What struck me the most after seeing this is how much, how incredibly much, this man’s life was changed by the other man’s monthly gift of only $38. It is mind-boggling. I think I can understand why he was so overwhelmed to meet his friend and “savior” face to face. To be saved from starvation and a life destined to be wrought with struggle and hardship, then set on a path to wholeness, hope, and purpose – how could he fully express his gratitude? He had no words. I would have no words.
Do we realize what we have been saved from by Jesus? If we truly knew the path our life would take if He didn’t intervene I think our gratitude would be like Jimmy’s – inexpressible and overwhelming. Imagine our reunion with Jesus someday, when we actually get to fall at his feet, to really see his face, to embrace the One who saved us from death! That song “I can only imagine” has new meaning for me as I think of it just now:
Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine…
As I watched the end of that video, seeing that vast crowd, I thought “What if each one of those people sponsored one child? Think of the impact that would have!” What if each of us was able to bring one person to Christ? What impact! I so often underestimate what God can do through one person, what He can do through me. In His mysterious math, He multiplies our little efforts. It is HIS love that comes through, HIS generosity, HIS saving power. It didn’t take a crowd of people to help Jimmy, God did it through one generous young man who had found Jesus. It only takes one.
I want to be one.
“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”
I John 3:16-18 NLT