Doing good work for Jesus doesn’t make us special or extraordinary; it shows we’re Christians.
– Kristen Welch, author of Rhinestone Jesus
In her book, Rhinestone Jesus, Kristen Welch begins by painting a picture of her early life that I found to be very similar to my own. I didn’t wear the rhinestone lapel pin, but I had the What Would Jesus Do? bracelet that I wore for a time. I also had a number of “salvation bracelets” that I had made over the years – bracelets made before mission trips to assist me in telling others about Jesus.
Kristen’s story shifts when she recounts her trip to Kenya with Compassion International bloggers. She witnesses first-hand the poverty, the stench, the sickness, the death and it changes her and breaks her apart in the best possible way. She goes back home and says “Yes” to God, which turns into opening a home in Kenya for young pregnant women. She gives an account of the ups and downs they have experienced thus far in this yes journey – things felt in Kenya and things that have affected her family at home. Kristen doesn’t mince words. She doesn’t make this all seem pie in the sky, happy-go-lucky. She’s honest. It’s good work. And it’s hard. Sometimes it’s really hard. But she continuously emphasizes that it’s for God and that she wouldn’t turn back from watching Him move for anything.
I live a pretty safe life. It’s not easy. Somedays it’s hard to be me and to inhabit this life. But it’s safe compared to people just down the street from me. And I wonder what I can do? I ask God, “What have you put within me to do for someone else?”
Perhaps your work for God is raising your littles. Perhaps it’s caring for aging parents. Perhaps it is spent on your knees as a prayer warrior for others. Perhaps it’s going half-way around the world to be the hands and feet of Jesus…or maybe just next door…or down the hall. Kristen Welch speaks a sweet and powerful word in her book that safe faith isn’t enough. But saying yes to God is radically wonderful.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.