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2021_08_18 Insight Post- Rusty Coram

This week's reading- Luke 10-11

I wrestled with what to write about this week and landed on what Jesus said to the 12 disciples He commissioned. “These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So, pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Luke 10:2 (NLT)

This verse totally changed the course of my life. Before I accepted Christ, my dream was to live in the mountains, alone, and far from others. Even after I found Jesus, that was still my plan. I am an introvert by nature, and love time outside and alone. Big crowds, cities and traffic were the last thing I wanted to be anywhere near. I just assumed it was ok for me to follow my natural inclinations, and it didn’t even occur to me that Jesus could have something else in mind. Then I read Luke 10:2… and re-read it over, and over. It began to dawn on me that God saw the crowds, cities and traffic very differently than I did. Where there are the most people, is also where the most opportunity is to “show and tell” about our faith in Jesus. My desire to be in less populated places was all about me, and not about the mission God wanted, and wants, me to be an active part of. This side of Heaven there is work to be done, and that work has a time limit. Once my life is over, I won’t be able to lead anyone to Jesus anymore. Once history wraps up that will be the end of evangelism. I needed to (and will always need to) humbly surrender my my plans for my life to God, and trust Him to lead me where I can have the best impact and influence. Sure, it could be in a small town or village, but my obligation is to ask Him where He wants me to be, NOT tell Him where I will be.

The result of my following God’s lead was for our family to move to Northern Virginia 30 years ago to start New Hope. What I would never have imagined (or wanted) earlier has become the joy of my life. I still get away to the mountains to relax, but I can’t imagine living there anymore. I love being a laborer in the “DC metro field”.

Rusty Coram

Senior Pastor