I recently finished reading Katie Davis’ wonderful book, Kisses From Katie.
I found myself admiring Katie and being so inspired by her example of beautiful, selfless love.
She writes of venturing into the slums to search out a way to help those who live in filth, hopelessness, despair, and extreme poverty. She seeks to discover ways to feed the hungry and educate the children. She tends to the dying, doing what she can to allow them the opportunity to leave this world with dignity. When the sick, the bleeding, the diseased, the homeless show up at her home, she tends to them with tenderness and great care, unafraid of getting her hands dirty. She has given orphans a stable and loving home. When in America, she gives a voice to the nameless in Uganda, tirelessly raising funds so that with the bounty of the rich, the needs of the poor can be met. She is angry about injustice, defends those who have no one to speak on their behalf, weeps with those who weep and laughs with those who laugh.
Above all, she shares the hope of Jesus with everyone she encounters.
There is much to admire about Katie Davis. She is one of my heroes.
However, I recently read this verse in my quiet time: “I have been crucified with Christ (in Him I have shared His crucifixion); it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in Me and the life I now live in the body I live by faith (complete trust in) the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”(Galatians 2:20).
This verse was a reminder to me that who I was really admiring in the course of reading this book was Jesus Himself living His life through Katie.
It is Jesus who seeks the lost.
It is Jesus who left the beauty and perfection of Heaven to be born in a filthy stable on earth….on a rescue mission for you.
He is the Bread of Life that fills the hungry soul.
He is our Living Hope.
He crowns us with dignity and honor.
He is our Healer.
He can feel our pain because He experienced unimaginable pain that we will never know…all for the love of you and me.
He defeated death once and for all at Calvary.
The day is coming when He will permanently right all wrongs.
He is the only One who is unafraid of the sheer depth and breadth of our need.
He loves the unlovely (which is all of us) sacrificially, completely, and joyfully.
He IS Love.
Ultimately, this wonderful book is a beautiful portrait of the heart of Christ for the lost.
I love Him so.
“We aren’t really called to save the world, not even to save one person; Jesus does that. We are just called to love with abandon. We are called to enter into our neighbors’ sufferings and love them right there.” —Katie Davis, p. 214