Tucker Besosa: Prophets and Custodians


No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it wlll be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand so that those who come in may see the light. (Luke 11:33)

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The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5) Painting by Tucker Besosa 7/27/13

All active Christians position themselves along a continuum ranging from prophet to custodian. Prophets, according to one article, look at the status quo and wonder why it isn’t different. They’re impatient for change and driven by a vision for something better.

Custodians may share this vision, but feel more suited to maintain order and function. They keep the lights on and the trains running on time — the very trains the prophets use daily! Most of us combine the two in different degrees, and active participants along the entire spectrum are necessary for a successful church.

Tucker Besosa, on his mission in Nicaragua (not Australia; that’s the other Besosa lad) , seems to be considering his place along the spectrum of Christian believers. He writes on Facebook, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. (Romans 1:16)

He continues, “Too many times I have kept my mouth shut when I should have been screaming. Too many times I haven’t stood up for what I believe in, but not any more.”

Tucker appears to be preparing to ride that train. May he go with God’s speed. He inspires us, as do all of Christ’s children who must express their need to tell absolutely everyone about Jesus.

Joy Cannis is walking a similar path. On her blog, “Even a Girl Like Me,” she writes, “I’m walking around with the key to eternal life. I have the ability to provide hope to the hopeless and shine light in the darkness. How can I not tell absolutely everyone I meet about Jesus?… How can I not be joyful always?”

“God is not your punisher, he’s your rescuer. If more people knew this truth not only would they not drift away from church or from Jesus, they would run to Jesus… their rescuer.”

“Understanding of this one thing could change absolutely everything… The King has paid my ransom, and by his wounds… I am healed.”

We admire those who are willing to engage always, to speak God’s word publicly with love, and shepherd others to conviction, repentance, and salvation.