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Serve The Servants // Micah

ICUs are challenging places. They house the vulnerable, who apart from professional service, cannot survive. Between my father being hit by a truck, me breaking my neck and our two children starting as premies, my wife and I have spent our fair share of time in critical care units.

As my bride sat with our daughter in the heaviness of the NICU last Saturday, something beautiful happened. An army of loving people ascended on the unit, wearing red shirts with “Serve Team” across their chests. They brought diapers, baby clothes, mommy essentials, refreshments and much more. They loved on worn-out mothers, many having children on the brink of death. In all they did, they valiantly shared and showed the love of Christ to needy people.

My wife was moved by their love for her, but floored by the platform this gave her as an insider. While she took care of our daughter, she had been serving other moms. She had been buying devotionals and consoling women who were losing their babies. She’d grown weary having spent hours walking alongside a mom who birthed early under hardship and feared abuse on return if her child survived. But joy flooded in at the hands of this groups service and it prompted chatter, “maybe these people are different,” “maybe I can find hope.” 

The heavy hearts that had filled a space, were lifted, and even my ever-resilient sweetheart got the shot in the arm she needed. As they left, Audrey pulled one of the visitors aside and said, “I will handle follow up from the inside." How beautiful indeed when lovers of Jesus, who actively reach the hurting, take time to serve the servants.

Luke 12:37 “The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. I tell you the truth, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat!”

Proverbs 11:25 “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”

- Micah McElveen

Only God // Micah

 

One of the functions my role at Vapor Ministries involves is stakeholder development. I help connect people with our mission, which plays out in poverty stricken environments, in ways that Meet Needs & Feed Souls. With that I live squarely between two very different worlds. Often I have sat in a rickety tin shanty, holding the undernourished child of a destitute mother, on a Monday only to be hosted in a well furnished home, discussing the endeavors of an established entrepreneur, by Wednesday.

With modern advancements the distance between third-world environments and first-world settings have substantially closed and yet, at times, it seems the chasm is larger than ever. It is heavy to feel the weight two parties carry, see how they could enrich each-other, but with so much on the line fail to make the connect. Bringing the two together in healthy and impactful ways is the job of an advocate and yet my inadequacies complicate the already difficult task.

While being positioned between the two worlds can be deeply unsettling, for every discouraging encounter there comes an entirely liberating one. One in which, it seems a different force is at work. Two groups aren’t trying to adjoin alone, a third superior presence is forging a meaningful union. In times like these amazing breakthroughs occur as strangers are moved to lay their lives down to serve each other. Oh the wonder of the moment! When an other worldly love pours into the open hearts of yielded people who in turn make room for those in need. My soul is deeply stirred when Worlds are brought together as heaven settles on earth.

Yes, part of my role is to “close the gap,” to function as a bridge between radically different places that desperately need each other. But I have come to realize it is futile to pursue a heavenly call in the effort man can produce. Instead, I along with all of God’s children, am invited to pursue the good of man and glory of Christ in a strength much greater than that produced by man. This greater power comes from Only God.

John 6:7&11 “Philip replied, ‘Even if we worked for months, we wouldn't have enough money to feed them!’... Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted.”

Deuteronomy 8:17-18a "Be careful not to say, 'My own ability and skill have gotten me this wealth.’ You must remember the LORD your God, for He is the one who gives ability to get wealth…"

I John 3:16-17 “We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God's love be in that person?”

- Micah McElveen