Sumo-Sized Faith by Nate Dorman
This week’s Living Water is a special tribute post, in memory of Sumo Sato.
Have you ever met someone who made you feel instantly like you were their best friend? Sumo Sato was that kind of guy to everyone he met. Sumo was a man who genuinely loved Jesus and loved people. He loved not just by what he said, but by what he did. He was constantly giving of his time, energy, and resources to help other people. The last time that Sumo was able to attend the church that he started in Huntington Beach, just weeks before he went to be with Jesus, he said to the group of people that he loved so deeply, “I appreciate the prayers for my healing, but my initial healing took place 35 years ago when I received Christ. And if God chooses to let me live another 20 years, ay right on, if He chooses to take me home, that’s good too.” Sumo not only clung to the love and hope of his salvation in Jesus Christ for the good parts of his 55 years on Earth, but even in the last few years when things sucked and didn’t make sense as he was diagnosed with cancer. He lived his life to the very end praising the name of his savior Jesus. He didn’t just say that he loved Jesus, but that love transformed his life and was evident in how he cared for people who felt they didn’t belong or were too broken. He constantly gave of himself to serve others and was a clear example of the love that Christ has for all of us. At the same gathering mentioned above, Sumo said, “If you don’t know Jesus, get to know him, plug into the power source because one day your power is gonna run out.” John 15:4 in The Message says, “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.” Sumo lived a fruitful life because he loved and had a relationship with Jesus. It was by that love that he was able to constantly sacrifice his own interests for the better of others. For that reason, let’s live like Sumo…Because Sumo lived like Jesus.