During the first week of July, Pastor Fred from Kingdom Impact in Livingstone, came up to teach us about the Kingdom Family. In other words, he came to speak to us about relationships within the kingdom, friendly, brotherly/sisterly, as well as romantic. Personally I think this was the most impactful week of teaching I have ever experienced. Not only was so much about who I am in relationships revealed to me, but I also now feel equipped to go out into new relationships with a kingdom focus and an intentional love that starts with my heavenly Father. During this week I felt the Lord speaking to me even more about my responsibility as a Christian man to be a model and representative of the Lord to those around me. By the way I love those around me, by the way I love my friends, my family, and my future wife, I will be able to show others what loving with a kingdom focus looks like. Pastor Fred shared with us that we all need three types of people in our lives, one of which he called an Elizabeth. This means that we need someone by our side that can be a burden sharer with us during times of struggle or confusion. As I look into my own life I notice that I am willing to assume the role of an Elizabeth quite easily, but it is challenging for me to allow an Elizabeth into my life because I have always had a rough time sharing burdens with others. This week destroyed me in the best way possible because it helped me to understand that relationship can’t be one sided, and therefore must be poured into from both parties and whole-heartedly open on both sides of the relationship.
On a separate note over the last few weeks I have been challenged in ways that I never have before. We just recently returned from doing an outreach trip to Malawi which is on the eastern side of southern Africa, and I witnessed the power and presence of the Holy Spirit on a brand new level. I won’t reveal too much because then I can’t share the power of a story in person, but I will share this, I serve a God of miracles and He still performs them in and through us to this day. We met a woman in Montueli village and over the last year she hasn’t been able to walk. She’s been immobilized inside her house for 6 months and the doctors at the hospital can’t tell her what is wrong. As we sat with her and learned more about her life and the pain she has been going through over the last 6 months, I felt an overwhelming power within me saying, “Caleb, today she is going to walk.” This woman was already impoverished but there was nothing material that I could give her to help out so I meditated briefly on Acts 3: 6-7, the story of Paul healing the lame beggar. Inside of me I knew that in order for her to talk a leap of faith an stand up and walk, I must too take a leap of faith and put myself in a position where God had to show up. I stood up and said to her, “If you believe that Jesus Christ can heal you then stand up and walk.” And I tell you that I have never been more overwhelmed with humility, awe, and complete joy all at once, because she rose from her mat and walked in front of my eyes. My God allowed me to be His vessel and see what it means to be the physical hands and feet of Jesus.
The challenge that I am constantly being faced with these days is living a lifestyle so dependent on the Lord, that in every situation I trust in the Lord with my entire life and rely on Him to show up in order for success to come. I don’t put myself into helpless situations for my own glory or in order for some miraculous thing to happen that makes others rejoice over me, but rather that the glory of God is revealed and those around me see Him in a new light and begin to live the same lifestyle. This life isn’t ours to live, this life belongs to our king and our hearts should be His throne where He is solely reigning with absolutely no competition. For a day will come when we meet our Savior face to face and He will say, “I know your face, you lived for me with every breathe you took, and you glorified me through every up and down.”
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Caleb Wood • 2017 International Immersion Intern