by April Zwerneman | Celebration Church | Austin, Texas | Follow on Twitter | Outreach Ministry
The second half of Acts chapter 8 is quickly becoming one of my favorite stories in the Bible.
“The Spirit told Philip, ‘Climb into the chariot.’ Running up alongside, Philip heard the eunuch reading Isaiah and asked, ‘Do you understand what you’re reading?’ He answered, ‘How can I without some help?’ and invited Philip into the chariot with him.” Acts 8: 29-31 (MSG)
On February 7th of this year the Lord called my mother home to be with Jesus and to live in her new cancer free body. I had the opportunity to share at her memorial. Although it was by far the toughest thing I have had to do, I knew it was necessary for people to know the legacy she left behind. My parents have pastored my whole life. My parents always looked for the chariot. My mom always climbed in the chariot. As a child I saw her take in people off the street for a shower and fresh laundered clothes. I saw her in my adolescence years let several of my friends live with us during difficult times they were walking through. She even let my dad bring home a homeless woman from a bus stop one time that stayed with us for several months! Can you even fathom that?
I have even seen her climb in chariots that proved to be quite disappointing – yes, even the people that you have honestly sacrificed for or even serve along side of you can disappoint. But never once did I see disappointment stop her from climbing in the next chariot! I am living proof that you CAN navigate in ministry and simultaneously raise godly kids that in turn will want to walk in your footsteps loving people where they are and proclaiming the gospel.
Just keep loving people and don’t take false expectations with you! It’s just that simple!
The Lord has not called us to put expectation on people, He only requires us to love and forgive them.
“It is better to trust in The Lord than to put confidence in man.” Psalm 118:8 (KJV)
“He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.” 1 John 2:10 (NKJV)
“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV)
If my mom were here today I know she would encourage us to keep going with people, keep loving people, keep lifting people, keep sacrificing for people, keep mentoring people and keep forgiving people.
“He knows perfectly well all the love you’ve shown him by helping needy Christians, and that you keep at it. And now I want each of you to extend that same intensity toward a full-bodied hope, and keep at it till the finish. Don’t drag your feet. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them.” Hebrews 6:10-12 (MSG)