Jerry Davenport has presented another thought provoking, self-assessing article for our consideration. We would all do well to heed the application within our own lives.
Brother Jerry is a graduate of Criswell College and also a West Texas rancher. He told me that being a rancher does not mean he has bunches of money, it just means he has the capacity to lose bunches of money. Brother Jerry also told me that his ranch is merely the object that God uses to allow him to take mission teams into Mexico. Jerry is a very effective missionary to Mexico and is being used by God to establish a mission plan for that area. When many people are talking about evangelizing the dangerous territory of Mexico, Brother Jerry is doing it. It was a mission trip to Mexico where Jerry and I met. Brother Jerry heads up The River Ministry, a ministry where he coordinates mission trips into Mexico. He is also an active member of Mother Holmes Memorial Baptist Church in Sheffield, Texas. Jerry produces an article for the local papers in his area and he agreed to send them to me also.
The Color of Skin
Last week while traveling I decided to stop in at a little hamburger stand to cool off and get a coke. While sitting there a family came in that was of a different race. They were nicely dressed and the three small children with them were well behaved. They sat down at the table next to mine so I struck up a conservation with them and it was amazing all the things we had in common. For instance we were about the same age and they were traveling with their grandkids. It was humorous to watch them because it was just like my wife and I with our grandkids. Seeing that family reminded me of something in the Bible. We have to be very careful that we do not reject or shun away from people because they are different. It could be anything like religion, education, dress, race, nationality, language and the list is unlimited. Jesus Christ set the example of crossing barriers for us and we are to follow it, (1 Peter 2:22). Jesus crossed barriers like poverty, sickness, (John 5:5-9) contagious diseases, (Matthew 8:2-4), wealth, (John 4:46-54), The Samaritan woman, a outcast because of race and sin, (John 4:4-29), and even Peter’s mother in law, (Matthew 8:14&15). We need to watch out how we accept or reject others because God may just treat us the same way, (Matthew 7:1&2). See you in Church next Sunday. Brother J