Set Free

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

On March 13 the world will lift up Freedom Sunday. The reality of slavery in our world is something I remained blind to until recent years . Only upon making trips to Haiti and Nicaragua did I begin to recognize its realties. I will never forget our dear friend Maya sitting in Haiti telling myself, the Auttersons and Claudia Larson that he was raised as slave. I was shocked to know that I now knew a slave? Upon further study I came to learn that a good portion of the world's 30,000,000 slaves live right here in the United States. It is my prayer that the great majority of you receiving this message will join me in attendance at GGCC this weekend to hear Pam Harvey, the National director of Advocacy and Education for Transitions Global (www.transitionsglobal.org) speak in worship.

When examining the issue of slavery and freedom, M. L. King Jr’s description of greatness and service comes to mind in one of my favorite quotes:
“Jesus gave us a new norm of greatness.
If you want to be important, wonderful.
If you want to be recognized ,wonderful.
If you want to be great, wonderful.
But recognize that he who the greatest among you must be a servant.”

That is the best definition of greatness I have found. The thing I like about it is that definition of greatness mean that we each have the capacity to be great. Because everybody can serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second or third theory of thermodynamics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. And you can be that servant.

Let us each follow in the way of serving our Lord who , “…requires of us to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humble with your God (Micah 6:8).” Let us all get our heads out of whatever sand they are in on this issue and rise up for Jesus!

If we follow in this path the slaves will be set free!

Still in one peace,

David J Jensen

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