Kimball Boyd Coburn

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I Am A Beggar

begging-handsAlthough I have a good education and enough money to get by, I am a beggar. To be Christ-like you must be a beggar. You can’t be demanding and controlling. It is a position of servanthood.  Thank you for responding to my begging. Without your prayers, financial support, and belief in our mission to take the Good News of Jesus Christ into the world, my ministry of evangelism in the prophetic spirit would have faltered long ago.

The Apostle Paul, writing to the church in Corinth, bragged about the churches in Macedonia.  Although they were going through hard times and were very poor, they begged for the privilege of sharing in the ministry and relief of other Christians (II Corinthians 8:1-5).  Like those faithful nascent churches, I beg pastors and their congregations to allow me to serve them as a servant evangelist.  I ask earnestly and humbly to bring the challenge and the Call of Jesus to them.

My mission is to help Churches focus on their mission.  Admittedly, sometimes I fail, but other times I strike a spark in congregations.  At those times the spark is visible and palpable and the people begin coming to the altar before I finish the Call.  It is as though the feeling had been building and they couldn’t wait to come to God with a renewed commitment.  I say ‘renewed’ because I preach mostly to churched people who have come to the altar before, but that fire may be only flickering or even smoldering.  Church has become just another activity they do as part of a busy schedule.  They hunger and thirst for that deeper meaning, and when it comes, they can’t sit still.  They become the church on the move, being the best they can be, for Christ’s sake.

This is what I beg for. When it happens, I am renewed. My mission is done.  My Calling is fulfilled.