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Editor’s note: This is a guest blog from
Kevin Marsico, Northeast Region Coordinator for Send North America.
By Kevin Marsico
One question can change your
“Will you marry me?” Now
that’s a question that has the potential for vast implications.
Most questions seem more
innocent. “What’s up?” “How you doing?” “What did you think of that game
yesterday?” These queries rarely raise a pulse rate.
But some simple questions
lead to a greater reactions.
Consider a line of
questioning from a leader in the Old Testament who was about to have his world
“I (Nehemiah) questioned them about
the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. They said to me, ‘Those who survived the exile and are back in the
province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken
down, and its gates have been burned with fire.’ When
I heard these things, I sat down and wept.” VER.
I wondered if that is what Nehemiah expected when he began
asking some questions.
is not like he didn’t understand his nation’s history. He knew his country
rebelled against some regional kingdoms and paid the consequences dearly. He
knew Jerusalem had been ransacked and destroyed. Young leaders had been dragged
off into captivity to serve foreign monarchs and people were left without a
reasonable government or structures that could help protect and provide for
them in day-to-day life.
knew things were bad. He knew enemies were still plundering and stealing. He
knew people did not feel safe and jobs were not plentiful and people were just
making ends meet if they were lucky.
knew all of this.
what could have been a simple question instead becomes a life changing moment. For
some reason, this day was the time when the reality of his homeland would crush
his soul. The pain of the people would finally become his pains. The cries of
the broken finally made him cry. The daily struggles of their lives finally became
a struggle between him and his Creator.
couldn’t go on as if he had never asked the question. He was broken over the
reality of their lives. He must do something, even if it would cost him
everything. So, he risked it all.
putting his life in jeopardy, he went before the king who happened to also ask
him a simple question. (Go read it now in Nehemiah 2.)
life in Jerusalem was changed.
man, in the right place, at the right time, willing to do the right thing,
asking simple questions, allowing his heart to be broken and then responding to
God, changed the course of an entire nation. One man’s questions and
willingness to respond changed the course of history for the nation of Israel
and made a significant impact for good in his generation.
a few simple questions from normal people willing to acknowledge the reality of
their communities and begging God to use them to do something about it change
our cities today? I have to believe, and hope, so.
Living in the Northeast Region
near D.C. and Baltimore, it should be easy to see the brokenness of our cities.
Poverty is a significant issue. Crime continues rampantly. The family seems to
be disintegrating. Jobs can be tough to come by and our personal security often
seems threatened. And let’s be honest, our government really can’t answer the
But our God can! And He can
use us to play a part.
Average people with an
extraordinary God who is more than able to do more than we could ask or imagine,
and seems willing to intervene at the right time.
The biblical record is
clear. God loves to work through His people to accomplish His purpose in each
generation. He could do it in spite of us, but He seems to enjoy working in and
So what could we do today?
What questions do we need to
be asking about our cities or communities that we have not recently asked? How
do we look at or understand something that might seem familiar with new perspective?
In what ways will we allow our hearts to be broken for our communities as we understand
them from a new perspective? Will we allow God to let us see what He sees?
Broken people and communities, desperate for a savior even if they do not know
He is the answer to all their questions.
Maybe I am the right leader at
this right time in history to ask the right questions and see my community the
way God sees it. Maybe I am the one He wants to use to do something about it
for His Glory. It might be a history changer. In fact, I am sure it will be. But
first, I have to see my “ordinary” world with a whole new perspective.
So, ask new questions. Allow
God to work in your soul. Be willing to respond when God asks you to act. You
can be used to make a difference right where you are now.
Kevin Marsico serves as Northeast Region coordinator
for the North American Mission Board.
Date Created: 9/15/2014 7:06:27 PM
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