He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:7-8
News vans and cameras crowd around the corner of the courthouse plaza and near the courthouse steps since news of Kayla’s death. Conservative leaders are calling for a travel ban to countries that are too dangerous. Even a major conservative Christian said, if you are working in this area, to come home. Kayla’s courage should inspire more people to be sent for the Gospel, not less.
Once upon a time, people would pack their belongings in caskets when heading to the mission field due to the high volume of deaths during that time. Stories of dedication seem to be something rarely heard nowadays, but I promise you, there are many Kayla’s working in dangerous situations. Kayla’s courage and commitment should cause us to take a closer look at our walk with God.
Leading like Jesus begins within us, with a personal transformation of heart, head, hands, and habits. Our changed lives become a living testimony to the difference that knowing and living in relationship with Jesus makes. Without this, our leadership words and actions are hollow at the core, no matter how much we say about serving others or how often we say the name of Jesus. Let Him transform you, inside and out. – Lead Like Jesus, A Living Testimony
God was glorified in Kayla’s life and death.
Tomorrow, I’ll talk about the power of words in part two and the legacy you leave behind.