Going where the maps are sketchy and the ways strange.
Something to think about
To modern ears, this may sound like an exciting prospect – promotion to influence on a global scale. But it is, in fact, a call to go far from one’s comfort zone. Jeremiah’s commission was extended well beyond that of previous prophets who had been sent to the tribes of Israel. Now the Gentile nations were also to be prophetic territory.
Most of us rely on our culture and its received assumptions more than we may realise. To go where the maps are sketchy and the ways strange presents challenge of a different order and tests the faith and courage of those who answer the call. Jesus, the rabbi who taught his followers that he had come to fulfil the law and the prophets, does not spare us that ancient call to conscience.
Of course, we are not all in a position to join Christian Aid physically in other countries as we consider how to respond to Jesus’ command to care for all who are in need. But we can, and should, support them in prayer and giving as they bear prophetic witness to divine love.