Staying at Home
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|Dr. Woodrow Kroll|
I grew up in the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania. Nearby lived a simple, godly family named Hershey with five children. One by one they left home to go to the mission field. All but one, who stayed home to serve the Lord.
NAME: “Supplanter” ("Jacob” in Hebrew)
DATE: 1st Century AD
IDENTIFICATIONS: Oldest son of Mary and Joseph, author of the Book of James
STORY LINE: James was the oldest of Jesus' four younger brothers
READ IT IN THE BIBLE: Matthew 13:53-58; Acts 15:1-21
Not all of God's servants are called to leave home in answer to God's call. When Isaiah said, "Here am I! Send me," God sent him to his own people in his own land (Isaiah 6:8-9). And when the demoniac of Gadara wanted to go with Jesus after the Savior healed him, Christ told him to go home and tell his friends what the Lord had done for him (Mark 5:19).
While Thomas was going to India, Philip to Asia Minor, and Paul to the rest of the Roman world, someone had to remain behind in Jerusalem to faithfully lead the flock there. That someone as James, the younger brother of the Lord Jesus.
Like the rest of Jesus' brothers, James did not come to faith in Jesus until after His crucifixion. But in the Book of Acts James emerged as a leader of Jerusalem church. His younger brothers also became believers and traveled to foreign places (1 Corinthians 9:5), but James knew the home front was his mission field (Galatians 2:9).
If you long for a passport filled with stamps from foreign countries, but instead you just have a class of junior high boys, be encouraged by James. It was his junior high boys who were the next generation of those sent out to capture the world for Christ. Your home job is important. Be proud of it. CL
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