I’ve just acquired Rolland & Heidi Baker’s new devotional book, ‘Joyful Surrender’. I love the Bakers, I love that at the base of EVERY miracle they see – and they see thousands, not just in Mozambique – is love and care for people. It’s something I’ve wanted to be the basis of the 40+ years that I’ve had the honour of serving God for: Larry Norman sang years ago Without love you ain’t nothing, you ain’t nothing without love’.
For me, the desire for ‘status’ or ‘position’ or ‘recognition’ mean nothing: I’ve always asked God to keep me from being ‘well known’ – once you are, it changes you, and changes people’s perception of how ‘accessible’ you are to them.
I’ve met the Bakers a few times – and had the privilege of serving on ministry teams where they’ve been the ministers. It reminded me that on one occasion, every time I prayed for someone (who God very graciously healed, but then he’s promised to!), Rolland (who as well as being a mighty man of God is also great fun – other things I’ve aspired to!) came up to me, with fingers together like a gun, and ‘shot’ me with the Holy Spirit, sending me flying across the room or crashing to the floor! When I asked him why he kept doing it and seemed to ‘pick me out’, he gave me one of the best answers that has stayed with me ever since: ‘Love the way you minister to people, and you’re far too much fun to leave alone!’.
He couldn’t have said anything better to me if he’d spent hours working on it!!