One of the church members is leaving soon, Surekha (not at all sure I have the spelling correct). She will be heading off to the UK to work there. We (Jeanine and I) shall miss her I am certain.
But while we were together it was amazing, she gave her all every time we were together. Her care and involvement in peoples lives was a model of Christ. Yesterday after church she went to lunch with a group of us as was her habit. In the evening she showed up for sports night. I am pretty certain when we had the first worship and sound meeting a couple weeks back she was there and fully engaged, even though she knew she would be gone in a month.
Pouring her all out every day into the church and those around her. She didn’t pull back because she wouldn’t be here in just a week or so. There was no sign of “I am shortly not going to be part of this, so I don’t need to be part now.”
I am so reminded of Jesus. Who right up to and even on the cross was teaching, loving and giving His best for all of us. Think about how just before the Passover Festival Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. John 13:1-5 and 12-17
John 13:1 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
John 13:12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
Or at the Passover meal, or in garden of Gethsemane, or even the forgiving of the thief on the cross.
I hope I can be fully engaged till my last breath here on earth. I know that is what God would desire for us. Surekha taught me a valuable lesson yesterday, and probable didn’t even realize it. Although she is most likely trying to grab every moment she can with friends she won’t see again for a very long time.