Guest Post by: Pastor Larry Aultman
How far is too far to go to share with those who perhaps have never heard a clear presentation of the Gospel? How far is too far to go to look into the glowing faces of orphans to tell them they matter to God? How far is too far to go to dedicate a Gospel-preaching, Bible-believing church that will have an impact on their community for generations to come? How far is too far to go, even if it means going to an area that is hostile to the Gospel. The answer? There is no place too far.
That answer was reaffirmed to me recently as we journeyed to the far, northeastern reaches of India. We arrived in, what by India standards, is a small town at the foothills of the Himalayans. After a night’s rest, we began what some might describe as a “too far” journey. The road was normal at first; then it got narrower; then even narrower. The pavement ended. Then in the end, it was more like a path over which we passed.
The lengthy, comfort-challenging journey was met by some who would have liked to hinder, or even prevent our continued travel. To say that they were not welcoming of us Good News bearers would be an understatement. But God was gracious. We finally arrived at our “not too far” destination.
Suddenly, the challenges of getting there melted away. When we heard the orphans singing and when we saw their smiling faces, I was compelled to say, “This is not too far”. When we saw a few hundred believers gathered on a weekday to worship God and when we saw and heard and felt their love for and dedication to Jesus, I again was compelled to say, “This is not too far”. When we saw a brand new church that was ready for dedication, knowing of her faithfulness in proclaiming the Gospel for years to come, I said again, “This is not too far”.
I don’t know exactly where heaven is, but I am pretty sure that the earth is a long way from it. What if Jesus, when He received His assignment from the Father, had said, “You know, I really would like to save those people, but the earth is just too far to go.” If it wasn’t too far for Jesus to leave heaven and come to earth, it is not too far for me to go to the other side of the world – to some far-flung reaches of this earth, to share the love of Jesus. Indeed, there is no place too far.