I was privileged to get to pay a little visit to someone I love who is currently hospitalized at Queens Medical Center. As I walked the city streets of downtown Honolulu, from Queens to the downtown Kaiser clinic, I felt overwhelmed by the masses. But, as I prayed to God over the “millions,” my heart and mind kept drifting back to the “one” laying in that hospital bed high above those gritty city streets. I was reminded again that my mission is not to the masses; my mission is to those precious people that God sweeps into my life day-by-day; to love them, to serve them, to pour myself out for them. How do we reach the masses — one-by-one-by-one-by-one! I remember Jesus saying, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance” (Luke 15:4-7, NASB). Today, let us praise the Lord our God, that He is as “intimate” as He is “infinite.” “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (I John 4:7-8, NASB).
~ Philip ~