101 Devotionals for Boys from the Lives of Great Christians and 101 Devotionals for Girls from the Lives of Great Christians will both be published in 2017. We’re publishing one or two devotionals a week to give you a taste of what you’ll get in those two gift books. This one is based on a story from The Good News Must Go Out: Stories of God at Work in the Central African Republic (Hidden Heroes #2).
In Africa in the 1920s, Africans had to ride on the train third class. That meant they rode on an open flat car at the back. When the train needed to stop for fuel, all the third-class passengers had to jump down and chop wood.
This is discrimination, and it’s against the law almost everywhere nowadays. But that’s the way it was in those days.
In 1923, when Margaret Laird rode the train into Africa to be a missionary, she looked out of her second-class car to see the director of her mission board, Mr. Haas, riding third class. He was preaching to the Africans about Jesus, and teaching them a song about His great salvation. When it came time to chop wood, he jumped down in the heat and chopped wood with them. They sang together as they worked, even in the terrible heat. He knew he wasn’t any better than the people he gave the gospel to.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” ~Galatians 3:28
Thank You, Lord, that the ground is level at the foot of the cross. Help me to remember that I’m no better or worse than anyone else.