I’m honored this summer to have some great young men working with me as “summer interns.” They are a joy. One of the young men is Kevin Cox. I asked the guys if they would be willing to be a guest “blogger” for me this summer from time to time and Kevin has been the first to oblige.
Hello, my name is Kevin Cox and I am doing a summer intern program with Pastor Kevin. It has been great! We have had many meetings and conversations. We go to shut-ins to deliver CDs. We also write devotions for Pastor Kevin to send online. It has been a great way to serve and learn. A few weeks ago, I took a break from the internship to go on a trip with my grandpa, great-uncle, and cousins. I would like to share what that trip was about and challenge you guys with something.
My grandparents are amazing people! God has used them so much in my life and in the lives of countless people. May God receive all the glory! My grandma does something with her grandchildren called Grandma’s Day. It is a special time of fellowship, sharing, praying, games, and fun. Once a week, all the grandchildren go over to her house and we spend the afternoon with her. Once the grandchildren reach 18, we have something called Graduation from Grandma’s Day and then my grandparents take us on a special trip. Well, this year, it was my turn to graduate. So 4 of my cousins and I, together with my grandpa and great-uncle, went to Guatemala. That was where my grandpa and great-uncle were born.
(Note: Kevin is in the middle kneeling in the yellow shirt. He has light-colored hair.)
The purpose of the trip was not just tourism even though we did plenty of that. The main purpose was to see the legacy that was left behind in the many cities we visited. My great-grandparents started Bible translation with the people of Guatemala and we were there to see the results of their work. It was amazing! Here is Guatemala…
We had a Wycliffe missionary of Guatemala as our guide. He also did translation work with the people down there and had many awesome stories to tell us as well. My great-grandparents started translating the Bible into one of the Guatemalan dialects. When they first got there, there were no Christians. Imagine how hard that must have been.
In the USA, it’s sometimes easy because there are churches all over the place and you can find Christians everywhere you go. But in Guatemala, when my great-grandparents went, there was no one. When we went this summer, we visited one town where half the town attended the local evangelical church! What a change! The town where my grandpa and great-uncle lived has many Christians and a growing evangelical church! How did this happen? Because of the Bible translation that my great-grandparents did a long time ago. Praise God! Let Him receive all the glory! Our guide…this is him in the middle…
He told amazing stories of how people have come to the Lord as a result of his own translations as well. God has used people in incredible ways down in Guatemala.
This was a huge challenge for me. When I see Christians that have done amazing things for God, it inspires me. A few days ago, I went to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte NC and I saw everything the Lord accomplished through one obedient man. People like that inspire me. I want God to use me in amazing ways like that. And don’t you? Don’t we all want to be used in amazing ways? Don’t we all want to do amazing things for God? Don’t we all want to leave a legacy that our children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren can follow? This should be our desire.
2 Timothy 2:20-21 shows us how we can be used by God. It says, “20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” If we want to be used by God, we must cleanse ourselves from what is dishonorable. We don’t choose how God will use us. He will use us in the way that seems best for Him. Our job is to be usable material. We need to cleanse out the dirt and let God use us in His way.
But you might think you are not good enough to be used. You may have failures or fears. You may think you are not sufficient enough to be used by the Almighty God. Well, Jeremiah thought that too. In Jeremiah 1:4-7 it explains Jeremiah’s reaction to God’s call. “4 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” 7 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. 8 “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the LORD.”
Are we willing to say yes to God’s call? Are we willing to be used by God? Are we willing to cleanse ourselves? This is what God wants from us.
Isaiah was called by God. Isaiah 6:8 says, “ 8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” ” This is what God wants from us. “Here I am! Send me!” Are you willing to say this?