Many of you know that I spent the last two weeks serving on an OM (“Operation Mobilization”) ship, the Logos Hope. We stayed for a week in Singapore, then sailed for three days where the ship is now docked in Bangkok, Thailand.
The 400 or so crew members are mostly young people who have committed themselves to serving the Lord on the ship for anywhere from three months to two or three years. They come from about 50 nations and serve Jesus by running a major book fair on the ship, doing children’s ministries on shore, and sometimes digging wells and other such acts of love in the name of the Lord.
I was privileged to share about four devotionals to the whole crew and then teach four sessions on the topic of temptation and sin (see ship’s tv announcing my sessions). I had some great conversations with the men on sexual temptations and with several of the women on topics as wide-ranging as theological education and raising a Christian family.
Reflection #2: The Largeness of Our World:
I was once again reminded how large our world is and how critical its many needs. I stood outside the MRT transit system in Singapore and watched thousands as they exited their trains and entered the rather expensive mall by the port where the Logos Hope was docked. How many of those people have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? How many know that in Him their sins can be forgiven?
The sheer distance I traveled from Columbia, SC, to Singapore, and then from Bangkok back to Columbia, SC, reminded me in no uncertain terms of the bigness of our world. I traveled about 20,000 miles. It took 24 hours to get to Singapore and about 18 hours to get home from Bangkok. And those miles were traveled by jet airplanes flying about 600 miles an hour!
It is for this very large world that Jesus gave His life. Not for the physical planet, of course, but for the world of humanity. Here’s a short video I took of the many people coming out of the subway into the mall. How can we not have compassion on them and want to share the good news about Jesus with them?