We’re Not a Nameless & Faceless Generation
What would you do if you were born in a seemingly hopeless situation? What would you do if you were born in a third world country with no name, no social security number, no identity what-so-ever? Believe it or not, this is the reality for most people in this world.
When I was in Mozambique in 2016, I remember a time when I was doing a village outreach with the rest of my team. My team and I were walking around the streets praying and asking God who He wanted us to minister to.
After a while, I saw an older man sitting alone by himself. It looked as though he was staring at nothing. No smile. No joy. He just sat there with a blank look on his face. The Lord highlighted him to me, so I called my team over so we could talk to him.
I asked him who he was, and he said something like, “Who I am doesn’t matter.” I asked him where his family is, and he replied, “I don’t have a family.” This man didn’t have an identity, nobody knew him, and nobody cared about Him, except for Jesus. Jesus knows him. Jesus loves him. And even if nobody cares about him, Jesus had a plan for that man before he was born.
A New Identity
Grieved by the man’s responses to my questions, I asked him if he had any pain in his body. The man told me he had pain everywhere in his body, and it was a constant pain. Then, I asked him if he knew Jesus. The man said that he knows about Jesus, but he’s a Muslim.
Then I told him that Jesus loves him, and he wants to take away all of his physical pain. I asked the man if we could pray for Jesus to heal his body. The man told me that praying for him would be okay. He wasn’t smiling. He wasn’t happy. He just had that blank look on his face during our entire conversation.
But when we started praying for Jesus to heal his body, his countenance changed. His eyes started to widen as though he was surprised or shocked. Then I asked the man to stand up, but he refused because he said that whenever he stands up, there’s a lot of pain.
I told him that we would help him to stand because we believe that Jesus was healing his body. So, the man rose to his feet. When the man stood up, he started to smile for the first time. He told us that the pain in his body wasn’t as bad as it usually is. So, we prayed for him again. After the second prayer, he started to cry. He told us that all of the pain in his body was completely gone, and he accepted Jesus into his heart to be his Lord and Savior!
Everybody Has a Name and Everybody Has a Face
In the name of “humility,” many people say really silly things like, “We are a Nameless and Faceless Generation.” The truth is that everybody has a name and everybody has a face. Nothing is impossible when we trust in our Lord Jesus, even for people who were born in a developing country like Mozambique.
It’s easy to trust God in a first world country like America. We have welfare, food stamps, homeless shelters, and many more options for those who are less fortunate. While many Americans may complain about the corruption in our system that helps the poor, at least there is a system.
In developing countries like Mozambique, there are no food stamps, there’s no unemployment system, and free healthcare is non-existent. In Mozambique, there is no system to where you can complain about your lack of free benefits. You just sit there on the side of the road with no hope like the man I met that day. But, Jesus can restore you no matter who you are or where you’re from.
Hope is Alive in Jesus
Many of you are not as fortunate as others when it comes to your living situation. But where you grew up doesn’t define who you are. Whether or not you have a social security number to identify you doesn’t matter because your DNA is unlike anybody else’s on the planet.
No one may know your name, but Jesus knew you and loved you before you were born. You may not be influential in peoples eyes, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have a destiny. Whether you have money or you don’t have money has nothing to do with what God created you for.
No matter who you are or where you were born, God has given you a voice to declare the hope of Jesus to this generation.
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