Any Willing Heart
If God can use a man without arms and legs to be his hands and feet, then he will certainly use any willing heart!
Can you imagine an atheist President, listening attentively to the message of life that Christ offers? Or imagine the Congress of that country – who removed the Word of God from the constitution almost a century ago – as they are told that they need to return to God in order to legislate as he expects. Picture 15,000 people in the capital of one of the most agnostic countries in the world as they hear that Jesus wants to become Lord of their nation.
All this happened last October when international evangelist Nick Vujicic came to Uruguay for an event SIM helped to organise, working shoulder to shoulder with the local church. Nick is a preacher, author, musician and actor. He is the Director of Life without Limbs, an organisation for people with physical disabilities, and is especially known for his leading role in the short film The Butterfly Circus. Nick was born without arms or legs. His life is not only an example of overcoming, but also of what God can do in someone, regardless of his condition, when they give their life to his service. He says, “If God can use a man without arms and legs to be his hands and feet, then he will certainly use any willing heart!”
The visit began with a conference in Uruguay’s Congress, where Nick spoke out in support of life – only a few months previously a law legalising abortion was passed. Nick pointed out that in Jesus’ life we find the best examples of inclusion and justice. The following morning the President of the Republic, José Mujica, received the evangelist. Nick told him about Jesus and how he could make him Lord of his life. In the evening, on the banks of Rio de la Plata, which borders the city of Montevideo, a tremendous stage was set up. There in the nation’s capital the crowds listened attentively to the message for nearly two hours. Nick’s focus was not on himself and his own life story. Rather it was about what Jesus could do if Uruguay would come to his feet and if families would put Jesus in his rightful place.
The wind blew and the Word was heard, resonating with thousands of Uruguayans. The message came across that Jesus is not only an historical person, how people here typically think of him, but the Son of God. What we decide about him will determine what kind of nation we build.
By: Andrés Corrales